The commissioner of corrections is authorized to make rules for the proper execution of his or her duties and powers; adopt rules for the government of the institutions named or referred to in section three of this article; adopt rules for the administration of the financial and business affairs of the institutions named or referred to in section four of this article; and establish policies regarding the treatment of mentally ill inmates, which reflect the safety and security concerns specific to correctional facilities. Notwithstanding any provisions of law to the contrary, the Division of Corrections is not subject to the rules promulgated by the board of health for the treatment of mentally ill patients nor the mandates developed pursuant to E. H. v. Matin.
Consistent with the provisions of this article, the commissioner shall prescribe the duties of the persons connected with the management of institutions. When any of the guards, attendants, or other employees are uniformed, the commissioner shall prescribe the design, or designs, of the uniforms, which shall be dissimilar to the design of the uniform worn by the members of the State Police. When the institution is located in, or in close proximity to, a municipality, no guard, attendant or other employee may wear the cap or caps designed by the commissioner as part of the uniform, when not actually on duty connected with his or her employment, nor shall the municipality adopt for its police officers or other employees a uniform which is similar in design to the uniform adopted by the commissioner.
Any person violating the provisions of this article is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10, or by imprisonment for ten days, or both.