senate Bill S1323

Establishes the New York state justice reinvestment fund and program to provide not-for-profit and faith based entities with funding to improve certain communities; appropriation

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Summary

Establishes the New York state justice reinvestment fund and program to provide not-for-profit and faith based entities with funding to improve communities with a higher than normal criminal offender and ex-offender population; appropriates $10,000,000 therefor.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3497
Versions:
S1323
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Appropriations
Laws Affected:
Add §99-v, St Fin L; add §844-c, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S104, A3294
2009-2010: S1265, A2226
2007-2008: A3393

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BILL NUMBER:S1323

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the state finance law and the executive law, in relation to
establishing the New York state justice reinvestment fund and the New
York state justice reinvestment program; and making an appropriation
therefor

PURPOSE:
To establish a program and funding for not-for-profit agencies and
faith based organizations to coordinate with state and local criminal
justice agencies and community and family support programs to enhance
reentry support for prisoners returning to affected communities.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the state finance law by adding a new section 99-v to
establish a justice reinvestment fund in joint custody of the state
comptroller and the commissioner of the division of criminal justice
services. Provides for the distribution of such appropriated funds to
qualified entities.

Section 2 amends the executive law by adding a new section 844-c to
create a New York State Justice Reinvestment Program under the
Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. It
provides that such program shall coordinate the efforts of state and
local criminal justice agencies with those of not-for-profit and
faith based organizations and family support programs to facilitate
the reentry of inmates to communities. It further defines the duties
and responsibilities of the Commissioner of the Division of Criminal
Justice Services and qualified entities.

Section 3 appropriates the sum of ten million dollars to the New York
State Justice Reinvestment Fund.

JUSTIFICATION:
Criminal justice experts increasingly recognize the critical roles
that community organizations, criminal justice agencies, families and
family support agencies play in re-entry support for returning
prisoners, alternatives to incarceration and recidivism. Escalating
funding for the correctional system and incarceration may have a
positive economic impact on those communities in which the facilities
are located but little or no impact on crime and recidivism. This
initiative is an inducement for state and local criminal justice
agencies, courts, district attorneys, criminal defense offices,
community and faith based organizations, families and family support
agencies in communities where offenders and ex-offenders are
concentrated to combine their efforts to reduce crime and recidivism.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: S.1265 - Died in Committee
2007-2008: S.2018 - Died in Committee
2005-2006: S.1063 - Died in Committee
2004-2005: S.6516 - Died in Committee
2011-2012: S.104 - Died in Committee


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Ten million dollar appropriation.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  1323

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. MONTGOMERY, DIAZ, DILAN, ESPAILLAT, HASSELL-THOMP-
  SON, PARKER, SAMPSON -- read  twice  and  ordered  printed,  and  when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the state finance law and the executive law, in relation
  to  establishing  the New York state justice reinvestment fund and the
  New York state justice reinvestment program; and making  an  appropri-
  ation therefor

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

  Section 1. The state finance law is amended by adding  a  new  section
99-v to read as follows:
  S  99-V.  NEW YORK STATE JUSTICE REINVESTMENT FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY
ESTABLISHED IN THE JOINT  CUSTODY  OF  THE  STATE  COMPTROLLER  AND  THE
COMMISSIONER  OF THE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES AN ACCOUNT TO
BE KNOWN AS THE NEW YORK STATE JUSTICE REINVESTMENT FUND.
  2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL MONEYS APPROPRIATED FOR THE  PURPOSE
OF  SUCH  FUND,  ALL  OTHER  MONEYS CREDITED OR TRANSFERRED TO SUCH FUND
PURSUANT TO LAW, ALL MONEYS REQUIRED BY THE PROVISIONS OF  THIS  SECTION
OR  ANY  OTHER  LAW  TO  BE  PAID INTO OR CREDITED TO SUCH FUND, AND ALL
MONEYS RECEIVED BY THE FUND OR DONATED TO IT.
  3. MONEYS OF SUCH FUND SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR APPROPRIATION AND  ALLO-
CATION  TO  THE  DIVISION  OF  CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES FOR PURPOSES OF
DISTRIBUTING SUCH MONEYS TO QUALIFIED ENTITIES OF  THE  NEW  YORK  STATE
JUSTICE   REINVESTMENT   PROGRAM   PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  EIGHT  HUNDRED
FORTY-FOUR-C OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW.
  4. MONEYS SHALL BE PAID OUT ON THE AUDIT  AND  WARRANT  OF  THE  COMP-
TROLLER  ON VOUCHERS CERTIFIED OR APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CRIMI-
NAL JUSTICE SERVICES.
  S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a  new  section  844-c  to
read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03894-01-3

S. 1323                             2

  S 844-C. NEW YORK STATE JUSTICE REINVESTMENT PROGRAM. 1.  CREATION AND
PURPOSES.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  ESTABLISH WITHIN THE DIVISION A NEW
YORK STATE JUSTICE REINVESTMENT PROGRAM. THE PURPOSE OF THE  PROGRAM  IS
TO  HAVE  STATE  AND  LOCAL  CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES, AND AS PART OF A
LARGER  EFFORT INCLUDING COURTS, DISTRICT ATTORNEYS AND CRIMINAL DEFENSE
OFFICES, TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH  NOT-FOR-PROFIT  ORGANIZATIONS  AND
FAITH-BASED  ORGANIZATIONS  IN  THE  COMMUNITY  ON ISSUES SUCH AS INMATE
RE-ENTRY INTO THE COMMUNITY, INCARCERATION ALTERNATIVES, FAMILY  SUPPORT
PROGRAMS FOR OFFENDERS AND EX-OFFENDERS, AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES RELATED
TO IMPROVING THE ROLE OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN OUR COMMUNITIES.
  2.  QUALIFIED  ENTITY.  (A)  A  QUALIFIED  ENTITY  SHALL  BE  EITHER A
NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OR FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION PROVIDING ONE OR
MORE OF THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
  (I) RE-ENTRY SUPPORT FOR INMATES RETURNING TO THE  COMMUNITY,  INCLUD-
ING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO JOB DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING ASSISTANCE;
  (II)  INCARCERATION ALTERNATIVES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO COMMU-
NITY SERVICE PROGRAMS, COMMUNITY YOUTH COURT, ALTERNATIVE HIGH  SCHOOLS,
SERVICE-ENRICHED  SUPPORTIVE  HOUSING AND COMMUNITY BASED DRUG TREATMENT
PROGRAMS;
  (III)   FAMILY   SUPPORT,    INCLUDING,    BUT    NOT    LIMITED    TO
FATHERHOOD/PARENTING PROGRAMS, FOR OFFENDERS AND EX-OFFENDERS; AND
  (IV)  COMMUNITY  BASED  COLLABORATIVE  PROGRAMS  WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE
AGENCIES.
  (B) A QUALIFIED ENTITY SHALL BE LOCATED IN COMMUNITIES  WHICH  HAVE  A
HIGHER  THAN  NORMAL  CONCENTRATION  OF  OFFENDERS  AND EX-OFFENDERS, AS
DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  (C) A QUALIFIED ENTITY'S SERVICES SHALL HAVE  A  PRIMARY  EMPHASIS  ON
COMMUNITIES  WHICH  HAVE A HIGHER THAN NORMAL CONCENTRATION OF OFFENDERS
AND EX-OFFENDERS, AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  (D) A QUALIFIED ENTITY SHALL SUBMIT A STRATEGIC PLAN  TO  THE  COMMIS-
SIONER DETAILING HOW THE APPLICANT'S PROGRAM WILL REDUCE CRIME AND RECI-
DIVISM  IN COMMUNITIES WITH A HIGHER THAN NORMAL CONCENTRATION OF OFFEN-
DERS AND EX-OFFENDERS, AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  3. APPLICATION. ANY QUALIFIED ENTITY SEEKING FUNDS FROM  THE  DIVISION
SHALL  FILE AN APPLICATION, AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER. ALL FUNDS
AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE PAID FROM THE NEW  YORK
STATE JUSTICE REINVESTMENT FUND IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION NINETY-NINE-U
OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW.
  4.  RESPONSIBILITIES  OF  THE COMMISSIONER. (A) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE APPLICATION OF GRANT MONEY FROM
THE NEW YORK STATE JUSTICE REINVESTMENT FUND.
  (B) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DESIGNATE QUALIFIED ENTITIES BASED  ON  THE
APPLICATION CRITERIA ESTABLISHED BY THIS SECTION AND ADDITIONAL CRITERIA
AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  S  3. The sum of ten million dollars ($10,000,000), or so much thereof
as may be necessary, is  hereby  appropriated  to  the  New  York  state
justice  reinvestment  fund from the general fund, for administration of
grants to qualified  entities  selected  by  the  division  of  criminal
justice services.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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