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A02471 Summary:

COSPNSRGottfried, Crespo, O'Donnell, Mosley, Steck
MLTSPNSRArroyo, Cook, Crouch, Glick, Hooper, Perry
Amd 259-c, Exec L
Clarifies the duty of the state board of parole in reporting parole statistics; specifies necessary information.
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A02471 Actions:

01/20/2017referred to correction
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A02471 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Sepulveda (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the duties of the state board of parole   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill directs the Board of Parole to add to their annual report the demographic data of persons considered for release   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subdivision 13 of section 259c of the executive law to provide that the parole board shall publish demographic data including race, ethnicity, region of commitment and other relevant data regarding the persons it considers for release in its statutorily required annual report to the governor and the legislature. Section 2 provides for an effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: The Board of Parole has reported that it does not track release deci- sions by age, ethnicity or other standard criteria maintained by the Department of Correctional Services. In a public hearing in 2013, the Board chair testified that it has remained completely neutral with respect to demographic comparisons in its parole release decision-making process but admitted that the Board maintains no demographic data to support that claim. The chair also testified that the Board gives no special consideration to the characteristics of inmates which are known to indicate a low risk of recidivism, characteristics like age and category of crime, and has no ability to make sure that discriminatory decisions are not being made based on race, ethnicity, region of commitment, type of offense, age or gender. The Board claims that race is not a factor in its decisions, but since the Board has never documented race or other demographic data of persons it considers for release, the Board cannot know whether it is in fact as neutral as it purports to be. Because the Department of Correctional Services documents and reports on the demographics of its inmates in a large variety of categories, the ability to track such data and report on it is already available at no additional cost to taxpayers. The Board should be able to reflect on its own performance and lay to rest any claims of disparate treatment.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2014: S.7844-Referred to Crime Victims, Crime, and Correction/A.9370-Passed Assembly 2016: -Referred to Crime Victims, Crime, and Correction   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to none in consideration of the fact that the data is already tracked by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and that the Board already is required to issue an annual report.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A02471 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 20, 2017
          STECK -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ARROYO, COOK,  CROUCH,  GLICK,
          HOOPER, PERRY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Correction
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  executive law, in relation to the duties of the
          state board of parole

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Subdivision  13 of section 259-c of the executive law, as
     2  amended by section 38-b of subpart A of part C of chapter 62 of the laws
     3  of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
     4    13. transmit a report of the work of the state board of parole for the
     5  preceding calendar year to the governor and  the  legislature  annually.
     6  Such  report  shall  include statistical information regarding the demo-
     7  graphics of persons granted release and considered for release to commu-
     8  nity supervision or deportation,  including  but  not  limited  to  age,
     9  gender, race, ethnicity, region of commitment and other relevant catego-
    10  ries of classification and commitment;
    11    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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