|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Mar 12, 2012||committee discharged and committed to rules|
notice of committee consideration - requested
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to crime victims, crime and correction|
|Jan 05, 2011||referred to crime victims, crime and correction|
senate Bill S977
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S977 - Details
S977 - Summary
Increases access to substance abuse programming for prisoners whose first language is not English.
S977 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S977 REVISED 01/10/2011 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to increasing access to substance abuse programming for prisoners whose first language is not English PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require the commissioner of corrections, in consultation with the commissioner on Alcohol and substance Abuse Services, to take steps to ensure that prisoners whose first language is not English are able to access prison substance abuse programs. The bill addresses the difficulty currently experienced by significant numbers of inmates in understanding, participating and completing prison substance abuse programs. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill amends Article 22 of the correction Law by adding subsection 624 requiring the commissioner of corrections, in consultation with the commissioner on Alcohol and Substance Abuse services, to take steps to ensure that prisoners whose first language is not English are able to access prison substance abuse programs. Such steps may
S977 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 977 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sens. HASSELL-THOMPSON, DIAZ, OPPENHEIMER -- 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 increasing access to substance abuse programming for prisoners whose first language is not English 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 624 to read as follows: S 624. ACCESS TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMMING FOR CERTAIN PRISONERS. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT PRISONERS WHOSE FIRST LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISH ARE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND, PARTICIPATE AND COMPLETE SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS PROVIDED IN THE PRISONS. SUCH STEPS MAY INCLUDE, BUT NEED NOT BE LIMITED TO, INCREASED EMPLOYMENT OF BILINGUAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS AND PROGRAM STAFF, TRANSLATION OF PROGRAM CONTENT AND MATERIALS, TARGETED PROGRAMS FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING PRIS- ONERS AND OTHER STRATEGIES DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER IN CONSULTA- TION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04526-01-1
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