senate Bill S1413
(D) 25th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed by Governor
Directs the commissioner of corrections and community supervision to establish and maintain a public website that provides information concerning specific visitation rules, regulations, policies and procedures for all correctional facilities.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to
notification of rules and regulations of correctional facilities
PURPOSE: To establish and maintain a public website that provides
information regarding specific visitation rules and regulations for
all correctional facilities.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends the correction law by adding a new
section 138-a, to require that the commissioner of the Department of
Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) establish and maintain a
website that provides information to the public concerning the
visitation rules and regulations for all correctional facilities in
New York State. The website shall be regularly updated to ensure
accuracy, and shall designate a telephone number or numbers on the
website that persons may call for information about the visiting rules
at various correctional facilities.
JUSTIFICATION: While New York's state prisons allow inmates to
receive visitors, the experience of being processed for visits varies
greatly from one facility to another. When families arrive at the
"wrong" time, on the "wrong" day, or with the "wrong" clothing or
identification, they may be turned away even if they have been
traveling all night with young children. Generally, there is no
recourse for a person excluded from visiting; no one to call during
the weekend to resolve the problem or elevate it to a supervisor once
the officer at the front gate says "no." This can be especially
devastating for children of incarcerated persons, who may have
anticipated the visit for weeks.
Efforts should be made to make visiting rules and schedules publicly
accessible and to better ensure that families and friends understand
visiting procedures. By establishing a website and designating a
telephone number to make such information available to the public, we
can ensure that visitors have access to this information prior to
traveling to a correctional facility for a visit.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012: S.6044-A - Died in Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after
is shall have become law.
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