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S06725 Summary:

BILL NOS06725
 
SAME ASSAME AS A07241
 
SPONSORMONTGOMERY
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 114, Cor L
 
Relates to the establishment of an inmate visitation program, which gives inmates opportunities for personal contact with relatives, friends, clergy, volunteers and other persons to promote better institutional adjustment and better community adjustment upon release.
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S06725 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          6725
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                    IN SENATE
 
                                      June 15, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  Sen.  MONTGOMERY  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
          when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
 
        AN ACT to amend the correction law, in relation to the establishment  of
          an inmate visitation program
 
          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  114
     2  to read as follows:
     3    §  114.  Inmate visitation program. 1. The department shall provide an
     4  inmate visitation program which gives inmates opportunities for personal
     5  contact with relatives, friends, clergy, volunteers and other persons to
     6  promote better institutional adjustment and better community  adjustment
     7  upon  release.  Such  program  shall include, but not be limited to, (a)
     8  in-person visitation seven days a week in  general  confinement  facili-
     9  ties,  (b)  visiting  hours  that  are  reasonably likely to accommodate
    10  persons traveling from within the state, (c) visits of sufficient  dura-
    11  tion  so that visitors and inmates will be able to maintain relationship
    12  bonds, (d) designated areas arranged  to  provide  sufficient  space  to
    13  accommodate  the  likely  number of visits on weekends while maintaining
    14  appropriate security, and (e) a published overcrowding  policy  that  is
    15  equitable  with  due consideration to the distance traveled by the visi-
    16  tor.
    17    2. Areas shall be designated  for  confidential  meetings  which  will
    18  ensure the privacy of conversations during professional visits of attor-
    19  neys  or  their  duly authorized representatives, representatives of the
    20  news media or visiting clergy.
    21    3. The department shall promulgate rules to ensure  the  objective  of
    22  this  program  including, but not limited to, the ability of superinten-
    23  dents to modify visiting rules to adjust to local  conditions  with  the
    24  prior approval of the commissioner; however, the departmental overcrowd-
    25  ing policy shall not be modified.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD10877-01-7

        S. 6725                             2
 
     1    4.  No  inmate  is to be visited against his or her will by any person
     2  including attorneys or their duly authorized representatives, or  repre-
     3  sentatives of the news media.
     4    §  2. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a
     5  law.
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