assembly Bill A7589

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires the department of corrections and community supervision to create a family reunion program

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May 10, 2022 reported referred to ways and means
Jan 05, 2022 referred to correction
May 17, 2021 referred to correction

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A7589 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4519
Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Add §138-b, Cor L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
A8698, S5588

A7589 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires the department of corrections and community supervision to create a family reunion program to provide eligible inmates and their families the opportunity to meet for an extended period of time in a residential setting.

A7589 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   7589
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                               May 17, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  WEPRIN, CRUZ, EPSTEIN, L. ROSENTHAL, SAYEGH,
   AUBRY, SIMON -- read once and referred to the Committee on Correction
 
 AN ACT to amend the correction law,  in  relation  to  establishing  the
   family reunion program
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. The correction law is amended by adding a new section 138-b
 to read as follows:
   § 138-B. FAMILY REUNION PROGRAM. 1.  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL  CREATE  A
 FAMILY  REUNION  PROGRAM  TO PROVIDE ELIGIBLE INMATES AND THEIR FAMILIES
 THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME IN PRIVACY  IN  A
 RESIDENTIAL  SETTING.  SUCH  PROGRAM SHALL BE AVAILABLE AT EVERY GENERAL
 CONFINEMENT MAXIMUM-SECURITY STATE  CORRECTIONAL  FACILITY  AND  AT  ANY
 MEDIUM-SECURITY  STATE  CORRECTIONAL FACILITY WITH A GENERAL CONFINEMENT
 INMATE POPULATION CAPACITY OF OVER EIGHT HUNDRED BEDS.  PROGRAM  FACILI-
 TIES  AND  ADMINISTRATION  MAY  BE SHARED AMONG CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.
 SMALLER MEDIUM FACILITIES LOCATED NEAR MAXIMUM  SECURITY  FACILITIES  OR
 LARGE  MEDIUM SECURITY FACILITIES MAY BE PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE
 PROGRAM AT SUCH FACILITIES. FAMILY REUNION PROGRAMS SHALL CONTAIN ENOUGH
 HOUSING UNITS TO ACCOMMODATE FAMILY REUNION PROGRAM VISITS AT LEAST  ONE
 TIME EVERY FOUR MONTHS FOR ELIGIBLE INMATES.
   2.  INMATES  WHO  MAINTAIN A GOOD DISCIPLINARY RECORD, WHO COMPLY WITH
 DEPARTMENTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND WHO DO NOT POSE A  CURRENT  DANGER
 PURSUANT  TO SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY
 FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE FAMILY REUNION  PROGRAM.  A  GOOD  DISCIPLINARY
 RECORD SHALL MEAN THE INMATE HAS NOT RESIDED IN A SEGREGATED CONFINEMENT
 UNIT  OR  IN  KEEP  LOCK FOR A SANCTION FOR MISBEHAVIOR FOR OVER FIFTEEN
 DAYS WITHIN THE LAST SIX MONTHS PRIOR TO THE VISIT. AN  INMATE  WHO  HAS
 NOT MAINTAINED A GOOD DISCIPLINARY RECORD MAY REAPPLY FOR FAMILY REUNION
 PROGRAM  PARTICIPATION  SIX  MONTHS AFTER BEING RELEASED FROM SEGREGATED
 CONFINEMENT OR KEEP LOCK. INMATES WHO ARE DENIED  PARTICIPATION  IN  THE
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.