senate Bill S7868

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Provides additional rights to pregnant inmates

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Women Committee


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Feb 27, 2020 referred to women's issues

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S7868 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9965
Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §611, Cor L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S399, A616

S7868 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Allows pregnant inmates to have one support person in the delivery room; requires information on the nursery program, pregnancy counseling and abortion services.

S7868 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7868 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  7868

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 27, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BIAGGI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Women's Issues

AN ACT to amend the correction law, in relation to the rights  of  preg-
  nant inmates

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 1 and subdivision 2 of section
611 of the correction law, paragraph (c) of subdivision 1 as amended  by
chapter  17  of the laws of 2016 and subdivision 2 as amended by chapter
242 of the laws of 1930, are amended and a new subdivision 4 is added to
read as follows:
  (c) No restraints of any kind shall be used  when  such  woman  is  in
labor,  admitted  to  a hospital, institution or clinic for delivery, or
recovering after giving birth. Any such personnel as may be necessary to
supervise the woman during transport to and from and during her stay  at
the hospital, institution or clinic shall be provided to ensure adequate
care,  custody  and  control  of  the woman, except that no correctional
staff shall be present in the delivery room during the birth of  a  baby
unless  requested  by  the medical staff supervising such delivery or by
the woman giving birth. THE WOMAN SHALL BE PERMITTED TO HAVE ONE SUPPORT
PERSON OF HER CHOOSING ACCOMPANY HER INTO THE DELIVERY ROOM  DURING  THE
BIRTH OF THE CHILD. The superintendent or sheriff or his or her designee
shall  cause  such  woman to be subject to return to such institution or
local correctional facility as soon after the birth of her child as  the
state  of  her  health  will permit as determined by the medical profes-
sional responsible for the care of such woman. If such woman is confined
in a local correctional facility, the  expense  of  such  accommodation,
maintenance  and  medical  care shall be paid by such woman or her rela-
tives or from any available funds of the local correctional facility and
if not available from such sources, shall be a charge upon  the  county,
city  or  town  in which is located the court from which such inmate was
committed to such local correctional facility. If such woman is confined
in any institution under the control of the department, the  expense  of
such  accommodation,  maintenance and medical care shall be paid by such

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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