assembly Bill A5958

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Enacts "Renee's law" to provide greater protection and disclosure to employees of facilities where juvenile delinquents and youthful offenders are placed

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 25, 2016 held for consideration in children and families
Jan 06, 2016 referred to children and families
Mar 09, 2015 referred to children and families


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A5958 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Children And Families
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§501, 501-c, 504, 507-a, 510-c & 837, add §§501-i & 510, Exec L; amd §166, Fam Ct Act; amd §§720.35 & 725.15, CP L; amd §212, Judy L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:

A5958 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts "Renee's Law"; directs the commissioner of children and family services to provide training to all employees of programs and facilities in which youth are placed or committed; grants access to office of children and family services' records, juvenile delinquency records, youthful offender records and juvenile offender records of youth placed or committed to a facility, to staff members and employees who are exposed to such youth and to foster parents who take custody of such person after his or her release; grants courts and attorneys access to such records in any proceeding for the commission of a crime while a youth is in the custody of the office of children and family services (view more) prohibits the release, discharge or transfer of any youth who has engaged in criminal activity while in custody; requires the reporting to law enforcement authorities of criminal activity by a youth in the custody of the office of children and family services; requires a police officer to escort an employee sent to find a youth who is absent without authorization.

A5958 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              March 9, 2015

Introduced by M. of A. CORWIN -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Children and Families

AN  ACT  to  amend the executive law, the family court act, the criminal
  procedure law and the judiciary law, in relation to enacting  "Renee's


  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
"Renee's law".
  S  2.  Legislative  findings  and  declaration. The legislature hereby
finds and declares that it is a  fundamental  purpose  of  this  state's
juvenile justice system to provide a safe environment for both the resi-
dents  and  the  staff of programs licensed, certified and registered by
the office of children and  family  services.  The  legislature  further
finds  that a safe environment is ensured by providing staff of programs
licensed, certified and registered by such office with adequate training
and that this function is a primary responsibility of  the  commissioner
of  children  and  family services to ensure. Ensuring the safety of the
communities into which the youth are placed is paramount, requiring that
a youth be placed in appropriate locations to avoid preventable tragedy.
The legislature finds that residents of programs and agencies  licensed,
certified  and  registered by the office of children and family services
are committing serious crimes  within  such  programs,  and  that  these
crimes  are not being reported to the proper authorities. The provisions
of this act provide a critical framework to improve and maintain  safety
within  such  licensed,  certified  and  registered programs, non-profit
community based programs and communities throughout the  state  allowing
youths  under  the  office of children and family services' jurisdiction
the ability to be rehabilitated and receive skills necessary to  inhibit

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