senate Bill S8296

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes an alternative resolution program for service members and veterans accused of certain felonies

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May 08, 2020 referred to codes

S8296 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Criminal Procedure Law
Laws Affected:
Add Title I Art 217 §§217.00 - 217.10, amd §390.30, CP L

S8296 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes an alternative resolution program for service members and veterans accused of certain felonies.

S8296 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8296 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  8296

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 8, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes

AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to  establishing
  an  alternative  resolution  program  for service members and veterans
  accused of certain felonies

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

  Section  1. Title I of the criminal procedure law is amended by adding
a new article 217 to read as follows:
                                ARTICLE 217
                      JUSTICE FOR OUR VETERANS ACT
SECTION 217.00 LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND DECLARATIONS.
        217.05 DEFINITIONS.
        217.10 ALTERNATIVE RESOLUTION PROGRAM; COURT PROCEDURES.
§ 217.00 LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND DECLARATIONS.
  THE LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT AN INCREASING  NUMBER  OF  NEW  YORK  STATE
VETERANS  AND  SERVICE MEMBERS SUFFER FROM SERIOUS TRAUMA AS A RESULT OF
THEIR MILITARY SERVICE, SUCH AS POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, TRAUMAT-
IC BRAIN INJURY AND OTHER MENTAL OR PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENTS  OR  ILLNESSES.
STUDIES  HAVE FOUND THAT MANY ARE NOT RECEIVING TREATMENT. THE DEVASTAT-
ING CONSEQUENCES OF WAR ARE HARMING THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH OF  A
GROWING  NUMBER  OF  SERVICE MEMBERS, RETURNING VETERANS AND THEIR FAMI-
LIES.
  A NATIONAL STUDY, INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR, BY RAND CORPORATION IN 2008
FOUND ONE IN FIVE VETERANS RETURNING FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN  REPORTED
SYMPTOMS  OF  PTSD  OR  MAJOR DEPRESSION. RESEARCHERS ALSO FOUND SERIOUS
TREATMENT GAPS WITH ONLY 53% OF VETERANS WITH SYMPTOMS OF MENTAL  HEALTH
CONDITIONS  SEEKING  HELP,  AND  OF  THOSE WHO SOUGHT CARE, ROUGHLY HALF
RECEIVED MINIMALLY ADEQUATE  TREATMENT.  IN  NEW  YORK  STATE,  A  NEEDS
ASSESSMENT OF NEW YORK STATE VETERANS 2011 STUDY BY RAND CORPORATION AND
THE  NEW YORK STATE HEALTH FOUNDATION FOUND AN ESTIMATED 85,000 VETERANS
RETURNING HOME SINCE 2001 HAVE AN UNUSUALLY HIGH RATE OF  MENTAL  HEALTH
PROBLEMS.    THIS STUDY FOUND NEARLY ONE IN FOUR NEW YORK STATE VETERANS
HAD A PROBABLE DIAGNOSIS OF PTSD AND/OR MAJOR DEPRESSION.  A  FOLLOW  UP

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

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