senate Bill S6044A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to notification of rules and regulations of correctional facilities concerning visitors

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Feb 24, 2012 print number 6044a
amend and recommit to crime victims, crime and correction
Feb 21, 2012 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 04, 2012 referred to crime victims, crime and correction

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S6044 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9345A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Add §138-a, Cor L

S6044 - Bill Texts

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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.

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BILL NUMBER:S6044

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the correction law, in relation to notification of rules and
regulations of correctional facilities concerning visitors

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:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after is shall have
become law.

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

                                  6044

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 4, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MONTGOMERY  -- 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 notification of rules
  and regulations of correctional facilities concerning visitors

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

  Section 1. The correction law is amended by adding a new section 138-a
to read as follows:
  S 138-A. NOTIFICATION OF  VISITATION  POLICIES.  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
CORRECTIONS  AND  COMMUNITY  SUPERVISION  SHALL ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A
PUBLIC WEBSITE THAT PROVIDES INFORMATION CONCERNING SPECIFIC  VISITATION
RULES, REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR ALL CORRECTIONAL FACILI-
TIES.  SUCH  WEBSITE  SHALL PROVIDE INFORMATION WHICH SHALL INCLUDE, BUT
NOT BE LIMITED TO, VISITING DAYS AND HOURS, LENGTH AND NUMBER OF  ALLOW-
ABLE  VISITS, MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE PER VISIT, DRESS CODE, GUIDELINES
FOR PEOPLE WITH MEDICAL  AND  OTHER  SPECIAL  NEEDS  INCLUDING  PHYSICAL
ACCESS  AND  RESTRICTIONS  ON  MEDICATIONS WHILE IN THE FACILITY, INFANT
CARE, AND ITEMS WHICH ARE RESTRICTED OR PROHIBITED  BY  VISITORS.    THE
COMMISSIONER  SHALL  REGULARLY  UPDATE  THE  INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE
WEBSITE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT  SUCH  INFORMA-
TION  IS  ACCURATE AND THAT VISITORS ARE NOTIFIED OF ANY NEW, OR CHANGES
TO, RULES,  REGULATIONS,  POLICIES  AND  PROCEDURES.  IN  ADDITION,  THE
COMMISSIONER  SHALL DESIGNATE A TELEPHONE NUMBER OR NUMBERS THAT PERSONS
MAY CALL FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE VISITING RULES, REGULATIONS, POLICIES
AND PROCEDURES AT THE  VARIOUS  FACILITIES.  SUCH  TELEPHONE  NUMBER  OR
NUMBERS SHALL ALSO BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13735-02-2

Co-Sponsors

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S6044A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9345A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Add §138-a, Cor L

S6044A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

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.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S6044A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the correction law, in relation to notification of rules
and regulations of correctional facilities concerning visitors

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 Super-
vision (DOCCS) establish and maintain a website that provides informa-
tion 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 facili-
ty 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 tele-
phone 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:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after is shall have
become law.

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

                                 6044--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 4, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  MONTGOMERY,  DILAN,  DUANE,  OPPENHEIMER, PARKER,
  PERKINS, SAVINO, STEWART-COUSINS -- read twice  and  ordered  printed,
  and  when  printed  to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims,
  Crime and Correction -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the correction law, in relation to notification of rules
  and regulations of correctional facilities concerning visitors

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

  Section 1. The correction law is amended by adding a new section 138-a
to read as follows:
  S 138-A. NOTIFICATION OF VISITATION POLICIES. THE COMMISSIONER OF  THE
DEPARTMENT  OF CORRECTIONS AND COMMUNITY SUPERVISION SHALL ESTABLISH AND
MAINTAIN ON ITS PUBLIC WEBSITE INFORMATION CONCERNING  SPECIFIC  VISITA-
TION  RULES,  REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR EACH CORRECTIONAL
FACILITY. SUCH INFORMATION SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO,  VISIT-
ING  DAYS  AND  HOURS,  LENGTH  AND  NUMBER OF ALLOWABLE VISITS, MAXIMUM
NUMBER OF PEOPLE PER VISIT,  DRESS  CODE,  GUIDELINES  FOR  PEOPLE  WITH
MEDICAL   AND   OTHER   SPECIAL  NEEDS  INCLUDING  PHYSICAL  ACCESS  AND
RESTRICTIONS ON MEDICATIONS WHILE IN  THE  FACILITY,  INFANT  CARE,  AND
ITEMS  WHICH ARE RESTRICTED OR PROHIBITED BY VISITORS.  THE COMMISSIONER
SHALL REGULARLY UPDATE THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE WEBSITE  PURSUANT
TO THIS SECTION IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT SUCH INFORMATION IS ACCURATE AND
THAT  VISITORS  ARE  NOTIFIED  OF ANY NEW OR CHANGED RULES, REGULATIONS,
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. IN ADDITION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DESIGNATE A
TELEPHONE NUMBER OR NUMBERS THAT PERSONS MAY CALL FOR INFORMATION  ABOUT
THE  VISITING RULES, REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AT THE VARIOUS
FACILITIES. SUCH TELEPHONE NUMBER OR NUMBERS SHALL ALSO BE POSTED ON THE
WEBSITE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13735-03-2

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