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|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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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. LBD10877-01-7S. 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.