|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 10, 2021||committed to rules|
|May 12, 2021||advanced to third reading|
|May 11, 2021||2nd report cal.|
|May 10, 2021||1st report cal.963|
|Jan 06, 2021||referred to codes|
senate Bill S257
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S257 (ACTIVE) - Details
S257 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S257 SPONSOR: MYRIE TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to motions for resentencing by the people PURPOSE: To present legislative findings concerning the prison population, and to create a motion for resentencing by the District Attorney's office. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 presents the legislative findings concerning incarcerated individuals and New York State's incarcerated population. Section 2 amends the CPL by adding a new section 440.48 to create a motion for resentencing by the district attorney and presents the regulations and restrictions of such motions.
S257 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 257 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 6, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sens. MYRIE, COMRIE, KAMINSKY, KRUEGER, RIVERA -- 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 motions for resentencing by the people THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The Legislature finds and declares the following: 1. People who commit crimes grow and change over time. The commission of a crime--no matter the offense--need not define a person forever. Continued incarceration of people who no longer pose a risk to community safety is not in the public interest and only makes our State and socie- ty less humane. 2. Yet after a person is sentenced, we provide few meaningful mech- anisms to review the length of that sentence based on how a person responds to incarceration. We limit these opportunities even though at the time of sentencing, all involved--including prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys, and even the person sentenced--are not positioned to determine with any precision how long a sentence needs to be in order to fulfill the purpose of incarceration. It is impossible to predict how individuals will develop during incarceration. 3. The result of this system is thousands of people still serving prison terms despite having long-since been rehabilitated. Our system traps tens of thousands of people in New York's prisons who are not a safety risk, many for life or de facto life sentences. 4. Our failure to provide a meaningful opportunity for release also traps a large number of people in prison who are serving sentences imposed during the tough-on-crime era that we would not impose today. 5. Our overreliance on lengthy sentences helped explode New York's prison population. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
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