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A01730 Summary:

BILL NOA01730
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORMosley
 
COSPNSRSimon, Richardson, Sepulveda, Peoples-Stokes, Weprin
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 23, Cor L
 
Relates to allowing telephone calls for inmates after transfer from correctional facilities.
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A01730 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1730
 
SPONSOR: Mosley
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to allowing telephone calls for inmates after transfer from correctional facilities   PURPOSE: To provide that state inmates transferred to a new correctional facility are able to call their families within 24 hours of arriving at the new facility.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subdivision 1 of section 23 of the correction law. Section 2 provides an effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Inmates are routinely transferred from one facility to another for a variety of reasons Immediately before transfer they are locked down for a few days, then are sent by bus to the new facility. The bus may take several days to arrive at the new facility, since it usually makes other stops along the way. Once an inmate reaches the new facility he or she is not placed in general population right away but spends some time in a special housing area. During this entire time, inmates are unable to call home to tell their families where they are or that they are being transferred. Although there are security reasons for keeping inmates from telling outsiders that they are being transferred, once they arrive at their new facility, there is no longer a security risk. Families are often worried when they don't hear from their loved ones for days or weeks while they are being transferred. Allowing an inmate to call home as soon as he or she arrives at the new facility can help relieve the stress that inmates and their families feel around the time of transfer and can make the transition.to a new prison easier. This bill follows current DOCCS practice but expands that practice by mandating that inmates be allowed to call their loves ones within 24 hours of arrival, including weekends, and directs the Department to place a call to a person of the inmate's choice if security precautions prevent the inmate from doing so.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None. Inmates call their families collect.   LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth after it shall have become a law.
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A01730 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1730
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 12, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced   by   M.   of   A.  MOSLEY,  SIMON,  RICHARDSON,  SEPULVEDA,
          PEOPLES-STOKES  --  read  once  and  referred  to  the  Committee   on
          Correction
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend the correction law, in relation to allowing telephone
          calls for inmates after transfer from correctional facilities

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Subdivision  1  of  section  23 of the correction law, as
     2  amended by section 5 of subpart B of part C of chapter 62 of the laws of
     3  2011, is amended to read as follows:
     4    1. The commissioner shall have the power to transfer inmates from  one
     5  correctional  facility to another. Whenever the transfer of inmates from
     6  one correctional facility to another shall be ordered by the commission-
     7  er, the superintendent of the facility from which the inmates are trans-
     8  ferred shall take immediate steps to make  the  transfer.  The  transfer
     9  shall  be  in  accordance  with rules and regulations promulgated by the
    10  department for the safe delivery  of  such  inmates  to  the  designated
    11  facility.  Within twenty-four hours of arriving at the facility to which
    12  an inmate is transferred, he or she shall be allowed to  make  at  least
    13  one personal phone call, except when to do so would create an unaccepta-
    14  ble  risk  to  the  safety and security of inmates or staff. If security
    15  precautions prevent the inmate from making such  call,  a  staff  member
    16  designated  by the superintendent of the facility shall make a call to a
    17  person of the inmate's choice unless the inmate declines to have such  a
    18  call made.
    19    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
    20  have become a law.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04035-01-7
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