assembly Bill A4695

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to providing voice communication service to incarcerated people in local correctional facilities at no cost

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Feb 04, 2021 referred to correction

A4695 (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Add §623-a, Cor L

A4695 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to providing voice communication service to incarcerated people in local correctional facilities at no cost; requires agencies charged with the operation and management of 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.

A4695 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   4695
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             February 4, 2021
                                ___________
 
 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  voice
   communication  services  to  incarcerated people in local correctional
   facilities at no cost
 
   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 623-a
 to read as follows:
   § 623-A. VOICE COMMUNICATION SERVICES FOR INCARCERATED PEOPLE IN LOCAL
 CORRECTIONAL  FACILITIES.  1.  AGENCIES  CHARGED  WITH THE OPERATION AND
 MANAGEMENT OF  LOCAL  CORRECTIONAL  FACILITIES  AND  JUVENILE  DETENTION
 FACILITIES  SHALL  PROVIDE  PERSONS  IN  THEIR CUSTODY AND CONFINED IN A
 CORRECTIONAL OR DETENTION FACILITY WITH VOICE COMMUNICATION SERVICE AT A
 MINIMUM OF NINETY MINUTES PER DAY AND ENSURE  SUFFICIENT  INFRASTRUCTURE
 TO  MEET  THIS  BASELINE. THE COMMISSIONER MAY SUPPLEMENT VOICE COMMUNI-
 CATION SERVICE WITH OTHER ADVANCED  COMMUNICATION  SERVICES,  INCLUDING,
 BUT NOT LIMITED TO, VIDEO COMMUNICATION AND ELECTRONIC MAIL SERVICES. TO
 THE  EXTENT  THAT  THE  COMMISSIONER  PROVIDES  SUCH VOICE COMMUNICATION
 SERVICE OR ANY OTHER ADVANCED COMMUNICATION SERVICE, EACH  SUCH  SERVICE
 SHALL BE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE TO THE PERSON INITIATING AND THE PERSON
 RECEIVING THE COMMUNICATION.
   2.  NO AGENCY SHALL RECEIVE REVENUE FROM THE PROVISION OF VOICE COMMU-
 NICATION SERVICES OR ANY OTHER  COMMUNICATION  SERVICES  TO  ANY  PERSON
 CONFINED IN A LOCAL CORRECTIONAL OR DETENTION FACILITY.
   3.  NOTHING  IN  THIS  SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT, REPLACE OR
 PREVENT IN-PERSON VISITATION BETWEEN PERSONS CONFINED IN A LOCAL CORREC-
 TIONAL OR DETENTION FACILITY AND RELATIVES, FRIENDS OR ANY OTHER PERSONS
 APPROVED TO VISIT SUCH PERSON.
   4. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ESTABLISH RULES  AND  REGULATIONS  OR  DEPART-
 MENTAL  PROCEDURES  TO  ENSURE THAT ANY VOICE COMMUNICATION SERVICES FOR
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.