senate Bill S7667

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Establishes application processing and review requirements for reprieves, commutations and pardons

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee


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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 21, 2022 reported and committed to finance
Jan 05, 2022 referred to crime victims, crime and correction

Votes

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Mar 21, 2022 - Crime Victims, Crime and Correction committee Vote

S7667
5
2
committee
5
Aye
2
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee Vote: Mar 21, 2022

nay (2)

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S7667 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9145
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add §15-a, amd §17, Exec L

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 (view more) and a notification when a decision is made on the application; requires quarterly reports to the legislature regarding reprieves, commutations and pardons.

S7667 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

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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