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A08965 Summary:

Add §837-x, Exec L
Establishes the recidivism reduction act, which creates the office of reentry services within the division of criminal justice services.
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A08965 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 31, 2024
        Introduced  by M. of A. SEPTIMO -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Codes
        AN ACT to amend the executive  law,  in  relation  to  establishing  the
          office  of  reentry  services  within the division of criminal justice
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
     2  the "recidivism reduction act".
     3    § 2. The executive law is amended by adding a  new  section  837-x  to
     4  read as follows:
     5    §  837-x.  Office  of reentry services. 1. There is hereby established
     6  within the division an office of reentry services to facilitate success-
     7  ful reintegration into the community by incarcerated individuals.
     8    (a) As used in this  section,  the  following  terms  shall  have  the
     9  following meanings:
    10    (i) "office" shall mean the office of reentry services; and
    11    (ii)  "incarcerated  individual"  shall  mean  a  person  eligible for
    12  release from a correctional facility or local correctional facility,  as
    13  defined by section two of the correction law; and
    14    (b)  The  head  of  the  office  of  such  office  shall be a director
    15  appointed by the commissioner. Such director:
    16    (i) shall exercise all powers vested in the office;
    17    (ii) may delegate any function, power, or duty assigned to the  office
    18  to an employee of such office;
    19    (iii)  may  request  and  receive  from  any department, agency of the
    20  state, or public authority such assistance, information and data as will
    21  enable the office to  properly  carry  out  its  functions,  powers  and
    22  duties; and
    23    (iv)  may  hire  and  dismiss employees of the office for cause and in
    24  accordance with state law.
    25    (c) Such office's principal office shall be in the county of Albany.
    26    2.  The  office  shall  establish,  promote,  and  administer  reentry
    27  programs in the state.
    28    (a)  Such  office  may  enter  into  agreements with any person, firm,
    29  corporation, municipality, or governmental agency as may be necessary or
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  convenient to carry out the functions, powers, and duties expressly  set
     2  forth in this section.
     3    (b)  Such  office  shall provide incarcerated individuals with reentry
     4  assistance that includes, but is not limited  to,  establishing  reentry
     5  programs  inside  correctional facilities and local correctional facili-
     6  ties and providing assistance in applying for public benefits, referrals
     7  to mental health providers and substance use disorder service providers,
     8  connections to  employment  opportunities  and  job  training  programs,
     9  assistance  in  finding  stable  housing  options  to  be available upon
    10  release, and general supports and services that may be  helpful  for  an
    11  individual reintegrating into the community. Such offices shall:
    12    (i) screen each incarcerated individual within seven days of the start
    13  of  their  sentence to collect from such individual information concern-
    14  ing:
    15    (1) the incarcerated individual's medical needs,  including,  but  not
    16  limited  to,  medical  conditions,  medications, mental health care, and
    17  disabilities; and
    18    (2) the incarcerated individual's level of  education  and  job  read-
    19  iness;
    20    (ii) ensure that a reentry preparation caseworker is available to meet
    21  with  incarcerated  individuals  for in-person reentry preparation meet-
    22  ings.  Such caseworker shall meet with an incarcerated individual:
    23    (1) within thirty days of an incarcerated individual's admission to  a
    24  correctional facility or local correctional facility to create a reentry
    25  plan  in collaboration with such individual and connect them with avail-
    26  able on-site reentry services and programs;
    27    (2) when an incarcerated individual elects to meet with  a  caseworker
    28  for  reentry counseling and support related to such individual's reentry
    29  preparations; and
    30    (3) at least six months before an incarcerated individual's  scheduled
    31  release  to  connect them with support in obtaining housing, employment,
    32  healthcare, and other support designed to facilitate  such  individual's
    33  successful transition to the community;
    34    (iii)  make  reentry  assistance available to incarcerated individuals
    35  for the duration of their confinement  in  a  correctional  facility  or
    36  local  correctional  facility  and up to three years after the date such
    37  individuals are released; and
    38    (iv) ensure that incarcerated individuals have transportation to their
    39  residence within the state on the day such individuals are released.
    40    (c) Such office shall  create  and  maintain  a  public  directory  of
    41  reentry  support  services  provided by the state, municipalities within
    42  the state, the federal government,  and  community  organizations.  Such
    43  directory shall be:
    44    (i) electronically available to the public; and
    45    (ii) provided in printed form to incarcerated individuals at least six
    46  months before such individuals are scheduled to be released.
    47    (d)  Such  office shall take the necessary steps to ensure that incar-
    48  cerated individuals have access to state,  federal,  or  private  health
    49  insurers, including Medicaid and Medicare, upon release.
    50    §  3.  The  annual  budget  submitted by the governor shall separately
    51  state the recommended appropriations for the office of reentry services.
    52  Upon enactment, these separately stated appropriations  for  the  office
    53  shall  not  be  decreased  by  interchange with any other appropriation,
    54  notwithstanding the state finance law.
    55    § 4. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
    56  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.
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