NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A9843
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to create a temporary state commission to study and investigate
issues affecting reentry of inmates released from correctional facili-
ties; making an appropriation therefor; and providing for the repeal of
such provisions upon expiration thereof
To create a temporary state commission to study existing policies, laws
and programs involving reentry and reintegration of inmates released
from state and local correctional facilities and to make recommendations
based on its findings.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Creates a New York State Criminal Justice Commission on Reentry to study
issues, policies and programs important to the successful reintegration
of people released from state and local correctional facilities, identi-
fy obstacles to reentry and report its findings and recommendations for
legislative action to the Governor and the Legislature.
The temporary 18-member commission would include three members appointed
by the speaker of the assembly, three members appointed by the temporary
president of the senate, two members appointed by the minority leader of
the senate and two members appointed by the minority leader of the
assembly. Commission members shall be representative of community-based
providers of employment, education, housing and other services needed by
individuals returning to society from prison as we: as criminal justice
advocates and academic professionals in the field of criminal justice.
The remaining members shall be the head of respective designee of the
department of Correctional Services, Department of Criminal Justice
Services, Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Department of
Labor, Department of Education, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Services, Division of Probation and correctional Alternatives and the
state Division of Parole.
Formerly incarcerated individuals face multiple barriers towards
successful rehabilitation upon release from prison and return to commu-
nity life. The availability of comprehensive resources for individuals
who are re-entering community life following time served in prison does
not meet their need for jobs, housing, rehabilitative and other services
to help ensure their successful transition. The establishment of the New
York State Criminal Justice Commission on Reentry is envisioned to help
assess both the short and long term needs of men and women who are tran-
sitioning from prison to community life and the ability of New York
State and community-based agencies to meet them.
$250,000 is appropriated for the purpose of carrying out the provisions
of this act.
This act shall take effect immediately and shall continue in full force
and effect until December 31 in the year next succeeding the year in
which it shall have become law. Upon such time the provisions of this
act shall expire and be deemed repealed.
STATE OF NEW YORK
April 19, 2022
Introduced by M. of A. GIBBS -- read once and referred to the Committee
AN ACT to create a temporary state commission to study and investigate
issues affecting reentry of inmates released from correctional facili-
ties; making an appropriation therefor; and providing for the repeal
of such provisions upon expiration thereof
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. A temporary state commission, to be known as the New York
2 state criminal justice commission on reentry (hereinafter "commission"),
3 is hereby created to study issues, including relevant statutes, regu-
4 lations and existing programs involving reentry and re-integration of
5 inmates released from state and local correctional facilities. The
6 commission shall investigate all factors that impede successful re-inte-
7 gration into society and obviate the concept of a second chance. The
8 commission shall analyze the impact of existing policies on successful
9 reentry, identify specific obstacles to re-integration and compare poli-
10 cies of this state to those of other states and the federal government.
11 The commission shall collect data from state and federal agencies and
12 may analyze any current research deemed relevant and appropriate.
13 § 2. a. The commission shall consist of eighteen members as follows:
14 three members shall be appointed by the speaker of the assembly; three
15 members shall be appointed by the temporary president of the senate; two
16 members shall be appointed by the minority leader of the senate; and two
17 members shall be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly.
18 Members so appointed shall be representative of community based provid-
19 ers of employment, education, housing and other services needed by indi-
20 viduals returning to society from prison, criminal justice advocates,
21 and academic professionals in the field of criminal justice. The remain-
22 ing members shall be the heads of the following departments or agencies
23 or their respective designees: the department of corrections and commu-
24 nity supervision, the department of criminal justice services, the divi-
25 sion of housing and community renewal, the department of labor, the
26 department of education, the office of alcoholism and substance abuse
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 services, the office of probation and correctional alternatives and the
2 division of parole. No person shall be a member of such commission while
3 such person is a member of the senate or assembly. Any vacancy on such
4 commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appoint-
5 ment was made. The chairperson of the commission shall be the head or
6 designee of the division of criminal justice services. The vice-chair-
7 person of the commission shall be a representative of one of the commu-
8 nity-based organizations and appointed by the chairperson.
9 b. Except as provided in subdivision a of this section, no member,
10 officer or employee of the commission shall be disqualified from holding
11 any other public office or employment, nor shall he or she forfeit any
12 such office or employment by reason of his or her appointment hereunder,
13 notwithstanding the provisions of any general, special or local law,
14 ordinance or city charter.
15 § 3. The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for
16 their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
17 incurred in the performance of their duties hereunder.
18 § 4. The commission may employ and at pleasure remove such personnel
19 as it may deem necessary for the performance of its functions and fix
20 their compensation within the amounts made available by appropriation
22 § 5. For the accomplishment of its purposes, the commission shall be
23 authorized and empowered to undertake any studies, inquiries, surveys or
24 analyses it may deem relevant through its own personnel or in cooper-
25 ation with or by agreement with any other public or private agency. Such
26 commission shall meet and hold public hearings or private meetings with-
27 in or without the state, and shall have all the powers of a legislative
28 committee pursuant to the legislative law.
29 § 6. The commission may request and shall receive from any court in
30 the state and from any subdivision, department, board, bureau, commis-
31 sion, office, agency or other instrumentality of the state or of any
32 political subdivision thereof such facilities, assistance and data as it
33 deems necessary or desirable for the proper execution of its powers and
34 duties and to effectuate the purposes set forth in this act.
35 § 7. The commission shall make a report of its findings, including any
36 recommendations for legislative action as it may deem necessary and
37 appropriate, to the governor and the legislature no later than the thir-
38 ty-first of December in the year next succeeding the year in which this
39 act shall have become a law.
40 § 8. The sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) or so
41 much thereof as may be deemed necessary is hereby appropriated out of
42 any moneys in the state treasury in the general fund to the credit of
43 the state purposes account for services and expenses of the state crimi-
44 nal justice commission on reentry, not otherwise appropriated, and made
45 immediately available for the purposes of carrying out the provisions of
46 this act. Such moneys shall be payable on the audit and warrant of the
47 comptroller on vouchers certified or approved by the chair of the tempo-
48 rary commission established by this act.
49 § 9. This act shall take effect immediately and shall continue in full
50 force and effect until the thirty-first of December next succeeding the
51 year in which it shall have become a law when upon such date the
52 provisions of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed.