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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to crime victims, crime and correction|
|Feb 01, 2013||referred to crime victims, crime and correction|
senate Bill S3348
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S3348 - Details
S3348 - Summary
Increases access to substance abuse programming for prisoners whose first language is not English.
S3348 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S3348 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 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 prisoners, and other strategies determined by the commissioner in consultation with the commissioner of alcohol and substance abuse services.
S3348 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 3348 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E February 1, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sens. HASSELL-THOMPSON, DIAZ, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, SAMP- SON, STAVISKY -- 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. LBD06456-01-3
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