(a) The Executive Director, or his or her designee, is authorized to establish under legislative rules promulgated by the Executive Director pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code a furlough program for inmates under the Authority's control and custody in accordance with the following provisions:
(1) The program may include, but is not limited to, granting furloughs or special escorts for specified inmates under the Authority's control and custody to attend funerals or make hospital visits to terminally ill family members.
(2) The Executive Director shall establish criteria to be used in determining which inmates are not likely to jeopardize public safety and should be granted a furlough or a special escort through this program.
(3) The Executive Director is authorized to establish any other guidelines he or she considers necessary to administer the program and to ensure public safety, including, but not limited to:
(A) Guidelines relating to eligibility for consideration, restrictions, conditions and procedures; and
(B) The family relationship an inmate must have with the deceased or terminally ill individual in order to qualify for consideration for a furlough.
(b)(1) The Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, its members, Executive Director and employees of the Authority are immune from suit and liability, either personally or in their official capacity, for any claim for damage to or loss of property or personal injury or other civil liability caused or arising out of any actual or alleged act of an inmate while on a furlough granted under this section.
(2) The immunity from suit and liability provided in this subsection does not extend to liability for any damage, loss, injury or liability caused by the intentional or willful and wanton misconduct of any person identified in subdivision (1) of this subsection.