assembly Bill A7658A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to providing voice communication service to incarcerated people at no cost

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 15, 2020 print number 7658a
Jan 15, 2020 amend (t) and recommit to correction
Jan 08, 2020 referred to correction
May 14, 2019 referred to correction

Co-Sponsors

A7658 - Details

Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §623, Cor L

A7658 - Summary

Relates to providing voice communication service to incarcerated people at no cost; requires state and local agencies charged with the operation and management of state and local correctional facilities and juvenile detention facilities to provide persons in their custody with voice communication service at a minimum of 90 minutes per day.

A7658 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  7658

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              May 14, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. EPSTEIN -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Correction

AN ACT to amend the correction law, in relation to  providing  telephone
  service to inmates at no cost

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivisions 1, 2 and 3 of section 623  of  the  correction
law, as added by chapter 240 of the laws of 2007, are amended to read as
follows:
  1.  Telephone  services  contracts  for  inmates in state correctional
facilities shall be subject to the procurement provisions as  set  forth
in article eleven of the state finance law [provided, however, that when
determining  the best value of such telephone service, the lowest possi-
ble cost to the telephone user shall be emphasized].
  2. The department shall [make available either a "prepaid" or "collect
call" system, or a combination thereof, for telephone service. Under the
"prepaid" system, funds may be deposited into an account in order to pay
for station-to-station calls, provided that nothing in this  subdivision
shall  require the department to provide or administer a prepaid system.
Under a "collect call" system, call recipients are billed for  the  cost
of  an  accepted  telephone  call  initiated  by  an  inmate. Under such
"collect call" system, the provider of inmate telephone service,  as  an
additional  means  of payment, must permit the recipient of inmate calls
to establish an account with such provider in order to deposit funds  to
pay  for  such  collect  calls in advance] PROVIDE TELEPHONE SERVICES TO
INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT IN CORRECTIONAL FACILI-
TIES AT NO COST TO THE INDIVIDUALS OR THE RECEIVING PARTIES FOR DOMESTIC
TELEPHONE CALLS.
  3. The department shall not accept or receive revenue  [in  excess  of
its  reasonable  operating cost] for establishing and administering such

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11453-01-9

Co-Sponsors

A7658A (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §623, Cor L

A7658A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to providing voice communication service to incarcerated people at no cost; requires state and local agencies charged with the operation and management of state and local correctional facilities and juvenile detention facilities to provide persons in their custody with voice communication service at a minimum of 90 minutes per day.

A7658A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 7658--A

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              May 14, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of A. EPSTEIN, MOSLEY, QUART, SIMON -- read once and
  referred to the Committee on Correction -- recommitted to the  Commit-
  tee  on  Correction  in  accordance  with  Assembly  Rule 3, sec. 2 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  correction  law, in relation to providing voice
  communication service to incarcerated people at no cost

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Section 623 of the correction law, as added by chapter 240
of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows:
  § 623. [Inmate telephone] VOICE COMMUNICATION services FOR INCARCERAT-
ED PEOPLE.
  1. [Telephone] VOICE COMMUNICATION services  contracts  for  [inmates]
INCARCERATED PEOPLE in state correctional facilities shall be subject to
the  procurement  provisions as set forth in article eleven of the state
finance law [provided, however, that when determining the best value  of
such  telephone  service, the lowest possible cost to the telephone user
shall be emphasized].
  2. [The department shall make available either a "prepaid" or "collect
call" system, or a combination thereof, for telephone service. Under the
"prepaid" system, funds may be deposited into an account in order to pay
for station-to-station calls, provided that nothing in this  subdivision
shall  require the department to provide or administer a prepaid system.
Under a "collect call" system, call recipients are billed for  the  cost
of  an  accepted  telephone  call  initiated  by  an  inmate. Under such
"collect call" system, the provider of inmate telephone service,  as  an
additional  means  of payment, must permit the recipient of inmate calls
to establish an account with such provider in order to deposit funds  to
pay  for such collect calls in advance] STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES CHARGED
WITH THE OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT OF STATE AND LOCAL CORRECTIONAL FACIL-

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