32.0525 Right of inmates of certain institutions to compensation.

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(a) For purposes of this section, “inmate” includes any individual confined in a public institution, whether or not the institution is a penal institution. The term does not apply to students in schools for the deaf and blind or other similar institutions; it does apply to inmates of territorial mental institutions, homes for the feebleminded, reformatories and prisons, and to county and local jails and the like.

(b) If an inmate, in the performance of his work in connection with the maintenance of the institution, or with any industry maintained therein, or with any highway or public works activity outside the institution, is injured so as to disable him permanently or materially reduce his earning capacity, he may, upon being released from such institution, either upon parole or upon final discharge, be awarded and paid compensation under this chapter and Chapter 32.06 for disability continuing upon release. If death results from such injury, death benefits shall be awarded and paid to the dependents of the inmate.

(c) The time limit for filing a claim under this section shall date from the death or the time of parole or final discharge or the time specified in 32.0627, whichever is later.

(d) If any individual who has been awarded compensation under the provisions of this section shall be recommitted to an institution covered by this section, such compensation shall immediately cease, but may be resumed upon subsequent parole or discharge.

(e) Payments shall be made from the appropriation for the operation of the particular industry or activity, but if there is no such appropriation, payment shall be made from the general fund of the Territory.

History: 1967, PL 10-15.