senate Bill S1209

Requires that websites providing inmate information be searchable by the inmate's name, former name or alias

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION

Summary

Requires that websites providing inmate information be searchable by the inmate's name, former name or alias.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1209
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Crime Victims, Crime And Correction
Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง9, Cor L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7303

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BILL NUMBER:S1209

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the correction law, in relation to requiring that websites
providing inmate information be searchable by the inmate's name, former
name or alias

PURPOSE:
To allow the public to be able to search the Department of
Corrections inmate information look-up database by the inmate's
current legal name, their former legal name or any known alias.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Provides that any website that allows the public to search
for inmate information will be programmed in such a way to allow for
the public to search by the inmate's current name, any former legal
name or any other known alias of the inmate.

JUSTIFICATION:
When an inmate legally changes their name the general public and more
specifically victims of the inmate's crime, may not be made aware of
this name change. As a result the public, and more importantly the
victim, will no longer be able to search for the inmate by the
inmate's former name. This causes significant problems for victims
trying to access information on the inmate. In order to make
searching easier for victims of crimes website that allows the public
to search for inmate information should be searchable by the inmate's
current name and any former name. This way if a victim is unaware
that an inmate changed his or her name, the victim will still be able
to search for the inmate by his or her former name.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012 - S.7303 - Referred to Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Needs to be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1209

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims,  Crime  and
  Correction

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  correction  law,  in relation to requiring that
  websites providing inmate information be searchable  by  the  inmate's
  name, former name or alias

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 9 of the correction law, as added by section  2  of
part  OO  of  chapter  56  of  the  laws  of 2010, is amended to read as
follows:
  S 9. Access to inmate information via  the  internet.  Notwithstanding
any  provision  of  law to the contrary, any information relating to the
conviction of a person, except for a person convicted of an offense that
would make such person ineligible for merit  time  under  section  eight
hundred  three of this chapter or an offense for which registration as a
sex offender is required as set forth in subdivision  two  or  three  of
section  one  hundred sixty-eight-a of this chapter, that is posted on a
website maintained by or for the department, under article  six  of  the
public  officers  law, may be posted on such website for a period not to
exceed five years after the expiration  of  such  person's  sentence  of
imprisonment  and  any  period  of  parole  or post-release supervision;
provided, however, that in the case of a person who has  been  committed
to  the  department  on  more than one occasion, the department may post
conviction information relating to any prior commitment on such  website
for  a  period  not  to  exceed  five years after the expiration of such
person's sentence of imprisonment and any period of parole  or  post-re-
lease supervision arising from the most recent commitment to the depart-
ment;  PROVIDED  FURTHER, HOWEVER, THAT ANY SUCH WEBSITE THAT ALLOWS THE
PUBLIC TO SEARCH FOR INMATE INFORMATION SHALL BE PROGRAMMED  IN  SUCH  A

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05338-01-3

S. 1209                             2

MANNER  THAT  THE  SEARCH  MAY  BE  SUCCESSFUL  BY INPUT OF THE INMATE'S
CURRENT NAME, ANY FORMER LEGAL NAME OR ANY  OTHER  KNOWN  ALIAS  OF  THE
INMATE.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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