BILL NO S03348
SAME AS SAME AS A02022
COSPNSR DIAZ, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, SAMPSON, SERRANO, STAVISKY
Add S624, Cor L
Increases access to substance abuse programming for prisoners whose first
language is not English.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
February 1, 2013
Introduced by Sens. HASSELL-THOMPSON, DIAZ, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, SAMP-
SON, STAVISKY -- 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 correction law, in relation to increasing access to
substance abuse programming for prisoners whose first language is not
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. The correction law is amended by adding a new section 624
2 to read as follows:
3 S 624. ACCESS TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMMING FOR CERTAIN PRISONERS.
4 THE COMMISSIONER SHALL TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT PRISONERS WHOSE FIRST
5 LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISH ARE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND, PARTICIPATE AND COMPLETE
6 SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS PROVIDED IN THE PRISONS. SUCH STEPS MAY
7 INCLUDE, BUT NEED NOT BE LIMITED TO, INCREASED EMPLOYMENT OF BILINGUAL
8 SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS AND PROGRAM STAFF, TRANSLATION OF PROGRAM
9 CONTENT AND MATERIALS, TARGETED PROGRAMS FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING PRIS-
10 ONERS AND OTHER STRATEGIES DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER IN CONSULTA-
11 TION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES.
12 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.