senate Bill S1394
(D) 25th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Creates a temporary state commission to study and investigate sexual misconduct in state correctional facilities among inmates and employees and shall devise a reporting system for notification of such misconduct to appropriate authorities; establishes duties and membership of such commission.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to create a temporary state commission to study
and investigate sexual misconduct in state correctional facilities;
and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration
PURPOSE: To use the recommendations by the commission to determine
the feasibility of devising and implementing a sexual misconduct
notification system in state correctional facilities whereby assaults
can be made to the appropriate authorities at the earliest possible
moment after such contact. Also, to determine any additional
safeguards that may be instituted in prohibiting sexual relations
between inmates and correctional employees.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The primary duties of the commission will be
to investigate, evaluate and make recommendations with regard to the
Problems of sexual misconduct in state correctional facilities. As
such, the commission will make recommendations concerning any
additional rules and regulations may be necessary to reduce the risk
that correctional employees engage in unlawful and prohibited sexual
contact with inmates.
The commission shall consist of nine members to be appointed as
follows: the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections or his or
her duly designated representative; the Commissioner of the Division
of Criminal Justice Services or his or her duly designated
representative; three members shall be appointed by the Governor; one
member shall be appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate and
one member by the Minority Leader of the Senate; one member shall be
appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one member shall be
appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly.
The goal of the commission is to investigate the problem of
correctional employees engaging in unlawful and prohibited sexual
contact with inmates and recommend measures to rectify such
circumstances. An initial report shall be submitted by the commission
no later than the thirty-first of December in the year next succeeding
the year in which this act shall have become law.
JUSTIFICATION: No inmate should ever be a victim of sexual assault
while in the custody of the Department of Corrections, and additional
rules and regulations may be necessary to reduce the risk that
correctional employees engage in unlawful and prohibited contact with
A.6994 of 2004
A.3211 of 2006
A.4109 of 2007-08
A.3755 of 2009-10
2011-2012: 5.1472 - Died in Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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