5139.85 Disposing of property of former inmates.

(A) Whenever any child under the jurisdiction of the department of youth services dies, and any personal funds or property of the child remain in the hands of the department and no demand is made upon the department by the decedent's legally appointed executor or administrator, all money and other personal property of the decedent remaining in the custody or possession of the department shall be held by the department for a period of one year from the date of death of the decedent, for the benefit of the heirs, legatees, or successors in interest of the decedent, during which time the department shall make a reasonable effort to locate the owner or his legally appointed executor or administrator.

Upon the expiration of the one-year period, any money remaining unclaimed in the custody or possession of the department shall be delivered to the state treasurer for deposit in the general revenue fund, except that of the total amount of unclaimed money in a child's personal account, the department may transfer an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars to the industrial and entertainment fund established under the authority of section 5139.86 of the Revised Code.

Upon the expiration of the one-year period, all personal property, other than cash, remaining unclaimed in the custody or possession of the department shall be disposed of as provided in division (C) of this section.

(B) Whenever any child under the jurisdiction of the department of youth services escapes, or is discharged or paroled, and any personal funds in excess of twenty dollars or property of the child remain in the hands of the department, and no demand is made upon the department by the owner of the funds or property or his legally appointed representative, all money in excess of twenty dollars and other intangible property of the child, other than deeds, contracts, assignments, or transfers, remaining in the custody or possession of the department shall be held for the period of the minority of such ward and for a period of one year thereafter, for the benefit of such ward or his successors in interest, during which time the department shall make reasonable effort to locate the owner or his legally appointed executor or administrator.

Any personal funds in amounts of twenty dollars or less shall be transferred to the industrial and entertainment fund established under section 5139.86 of the Revised Code unless they are demanded by the child or his legal representative at the time of discharge or parole.

Upon the expiration of such period of time, any money in excess of twenty dollars or other intangible personal property, other than deeds, contracts, assignments, or transfers, remaining unclaimed in custody or possession of the department shall be delivered to the state treasurer for deposit in the general revenue fund, except that of the total amount of unclaimed money in a child's personal account, the department may transfer an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars to the industrial and entertainment fund established under the authority of section 5139.86 of the Revised Code. Upon the expiration of one year from the date of such escape, discharge, or parole, any tangible personal property shall be disposed of as provided in division (C) of this section.

(C) Any property remaining after the provisions of divisions (A) and (B) of this section have been complied with shall be disposed of as follows:

(1) All deeds, contracts, assignments, or transfers shall be filed by the department with the county recorder of the county of commitment of such child or as otherwise provided by law.

(2) All tangible personal property other than money, remaining unclaimed in the department's custody or possession, shall be sold by the department at public auction and the proceeds of the sale delivered to the state treasurer for deposit in the general revenue fund. If the department considers it expedient, it may accumulate the property of several children and sell the property in such lots as it may determine, provided that it makes a determination as to each child's share of the proceeds.

(3) If any tangible personal property covered by this section is not salable at public auction, or if it has no intrinsic value, or if the value is not sufficient to justify its retention by the department to be offered for sale at public auction at a later date, the department may order it destroyed.

Effective Date: 07-22-1994