senate Bill S5677

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Provides for the removal of a criminal action to another criminal court in the same county or an adjoining county that has been designated a vete

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 17, 2016 committed to rules
Mar 30, 2016 advanced to third reading
Mar 29, 2016 2nd report cal.
Mar 28, 2016 1st report cal.501
Jan 06, 2016 referred to codes
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 15, 2015 referred to codes
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1580
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 27, 2015 referred to codes


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S5677 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Criminal Procedure Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง170.15 & 180.20, CP L

S5677 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides for the removal of a criminal action to another criminal court in the same county or an adjoining county that has been designated a veterans treatment court by the chief administrator of the courts.

S5677 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5677 (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  S E N A T E

                              May 27, 2015

Introduced by Sen. GRIFFO -- (at request of the Attorney General) -- (at
  request  of  the  Office  of  Court  Administration) -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on

AN  ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to removal of a
  criminal action to a veterans treatment court


  Section  1.  Legislative  findings. The legislature finds and declares
that New York, along with the rest of the country, owes an enduring debt
to the brave men and women who have served in our nation's armed forces.
Their service in defense of our country and its  ideals  must  never  be
forgotten.  We also must not fail to recognize that when veterans return
from foreign conflicts their transition to civilian life is  not  always
an  easy  one  and  can  be  marked by depression, other forms of mental
illness and substance abuse.  Studies  have  shown  that  the  trauma  a
soldier  suffers  while  deployed  is a major contributing factor to low
level, but often persistent, criminal activity.
  New York stands in the vanguard for treating veterans  whose  criminal
conduct is linked to their military service. In 2008, the nation's first
veterans  treatment  court  was  started  in  the Buffalo city court. By
recognizing the root causes of many veterans' contacts with the criminal
justice system and  applying  proven  resources,  including  counseling,
treatment  for drug or alcohol addiction, hands-on assistance with hous-
ing needs and job training and placement, we have led the way in  reduc-
ing recidivism among returning veterans. Starting with that single court
in  Buffalo,  the veterans treatment court has become the model for many
other states. While New York now has twenty  veterans  treatment  courts
and at least two additional courts in the planning stage, not all of New
York's  veterans live in a jurisdiction that currently has such a court.
We can do better.

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


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