senate Bill S1413

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Aug 11, 2014 signed chap.286
Aug 01, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 12, 2014 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading cal.210
substituted for a4606
Jun 10, 2014 referred to correction
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 09, 2014 ordered to third reading cal.1199
committee discharged and committed to rules
Mar 26, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to crime victims, crime and correction
Jun 04, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 09, 2013 referred to crime victims, crime and correction

Votes

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Jun 9, 2014 - Rules committee Vote

S1413
24
0
committee
24
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Mar 26, 2014 - Crime Victims, Crime and Correction committee Vote

S1413
11
0
committee
11
Aye
0
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee Vote: Mar 26, 2014

aye wr (2)

Jun 4, 2013 - Crime Victims, Crime and Correction committee Vote

S1413
10
0
committee
10
Aye
0
Nay
3
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee Vote: Jun 4, 2013

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S1413 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4606
Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Add §138-a, Cor L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6044A, S6242, A9345A

S1413 - 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:S1413

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

                                  1413

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced   by   Sens.  MONTGOMERY,  DILAN,  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

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.
                                                           LBD04043-01-3

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