Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Mar 21, 2022
reported and committed to finance
|Jan 05, 2022
referred to crime victims, crime and correction
Senate Bill S7667
2021-2022 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2021-S7667 (ACTIVE) - Details
2021-S7667 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Establishes application processing and review requirements for reprieves, commutations and pardons by the governor; requires the governor to provide: a written notification that the application has been received; a receipt number that the applicant can then use to check on his or her application status; guidelines for supplementing the application with additional or updated information
2021-S7667 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S7667 SPONSOR: MYRIE TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing applica- tion processing and review requirements for reprieves, commutations and pardons PURPOSE: To establish application processing and review requirements for reprieves, commutations and pardons. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 provides the title of the bill. Section 2 establishes the legislative findings and intent. Section 3 amends the executive law by adding a new section 15-a, requir- ing the Governor to provide written notification to the applicant, that
2021-S7667 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7667 I N S E N A T E January 5, 2022 ___________ Introduced by Sen. MYRIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing applica- tion processing and review requirements for reprieves, commutations and pardons THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Clemency Justice Act of 2022". § 2. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature hereby finds that families and communities are frequently torn apart due to the United States' overzealous legal system and immigration system, and that one of the predominant tools to mitigate this issue, executive clemency, is grossly underused. Between 2017-2020, the governor's office received 6,405 clemency applications while only granting 81 pardons and 14 commu- tations. The legislature further finds that the clemency process is convoluted, unequal, and difficult to navigate with no way for appli- cants to check the status of their application or expedite it in case of an emergency. Meanwhile, an estimated 9,000 people, of which the over- whelming majority are people of color, are serving life sentences while an unprecedented pandemic ravages prisons and detention centers. A simpler, more holistic approach to granting clemency would begin to address the systemic injustices of the immigration and criminal legal systems. § 3. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 15-a to read as follows: § 15-A. PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSIDERING APPLICATIONS AND REQUESTS FOR REPRIEVES, COMMUTATIONS AND PARDONS. 1. UPON RECEIPT OF AN APPLICATION FOR A REPRIEVE, COMMUTATION OR PARDON, THE GOVERNOR SHALL PROVIDE TO THE APPLICANT: A. A WRITTEN NOTIFICATION THAT THE APPLICATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED; B. A RECEIPT NUMBER THAT THE APPLICANT CAN THEN USE TO CHECK ON HIS OR HER APPLICATION STATUS; EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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