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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to codes|
|Feb 01, 2013||referred to codes|
senate Bill S3341
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S3341 - Details
S3341 - Summary
Defines dangerous contraband to include telecommunications and electronic recording devices.
S3341 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S3341 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to expanding the definition of dangerous contraband to include telecommunications and electronic recording devices SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would amend subdivision 4 of Penal Law ("PL") § 205.00, which contains the definitions of terms that are refer- enced in PL Article 205, relating to offenses committed when someone is in custody. It would add "telecommunications or electronic recording device" to the existing definition of "dangerous contraband", and would be applicable to a number of devices that would be proscribed by virtue of PL § 205.25 ("Promoting prison contraband in the first degree"). JUSTIFICATION: Correctional systems throughout the world are witnessing the proliferation of contraband cell phones and other telecommunications devices. While these devices are getting smaller in size, the number of features that they have are ever expanding. Today's cell phone capabili- ties go well beyond allowing a user to make and receive calls, which is dangerous enough in a prison situation. Cell phones have the ability to send and receive text messages, record and transmit photographs and video, all of which can have catastrophic consequences within a prison setting. Inmates can circumvent the safeguards and controls imposed on their communications, including monitoring of call content or call numbers, call blocking, and prohibitions against all calls where they pose a threat to safety and security. With such unlimited access,
S3341 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 3341 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 1, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. HASSELL-THOMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to expanding the definition of dangerous contraband to include telecommunications and electronic recording devices THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 205.00 of the penal law is amended to read as follows: 4. "Dangerous contraband" means contraband which is capable of such use as may endanger the safety or security of a detention facility or any person therein, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, A TELE- COMMUNICATIONS OR ELECTRONIC RECORDING DEVICE. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, A "TELECOMMUNICATIONS OR ELECTRONIC RECORDING DEVICE" MEANS ANY TYPE OF INSTRUMENT, DEVICE, MACHINE OR EQUIPMENT THAT IS DESIGNED TO TRANSMIT AND/OR RECEIVE TELEPHONIC, ELECTRONIC, DIGITAL, CELLULAR OR RADIO SIGNALS OR COMMUNICATIONS OR ANY PART OF SUCH INSTRUMENT, DEVICE, MACHINE OR EQUIPMENT, AS WELL AS ANY TYPE OF INSTRUMENT DESIGNED TO HAVE SOUND OR IMAGE RECORDING ABILITIES AND SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, A CELLULAR OR DIGITAL PHONE, A PAGER, A TWO-WAY RADIO TEXT MESSAGING OR MODEM DEVICE (INCLUDING MODEM EQUIPMENT DEVICES), A CAMERA, A VIDEO RECORDER AND TAPE OR DIGITAL RECORDING DEVICES, OR ANY OTHER DEVICE THAT HAS SAID CAPABILITIES. 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. LBD06421-01-3
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