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A07016 Summary:

BILL NOA07016A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S05693-A
 
SPONSORDe La Rosa
 
COSPNSRWeprin, Sepulveda, Dickens, Ortiz, Mosley, Niou, Barron, Richardson, Rivera, Davila, Walker, Rozic, Blake, D'Urso, Bichotte, Crespo, Peoples-Stokes, Simon, Cook, Gottfried, Colton, Joyner, Hyndman, Jean-Pierre
 
MLTSPNSRWright
 
Add 138-b, Cor L
 
Relates to available transportation for correction facility visitation; provides for at a minimum, bi-monthly free transportation from the city of New York, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.
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A07016 Actions:

BILL NOA07016A
 
03/29/2017referred to correction
04/25/2017reported referred to ways and means
05/09/2017reported
05/11/2017advanced to third reading cal.359
01/03/2018ordered to third reading cal.493
03/28/2018amended on third reading 7016a
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A07016 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7016A
 
SPONSOR: De La Rosa
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to available transportation for correction facility visitation   PURPOSE: To restore transportation for visitors from certain cities to state correctional facilities   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 adds a new section 138-b to the correction law. Section 2 provides an effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: From 1973 to 2011,DOCCS provided free transportation to its prisons to help families stay connected with incarcerated loved ones. Bus service ran on weekends from NYC,Rochester, Syracuse and Albany to every prison in the state. This service, unmatched by any other state corrections department, was relied upon by families who often lived far from the prisons they visited and who lacked the financial means to make such trips on their own. In early 2011, the program was terminated to save a little less than $1.5 million. Family visits contribute to facility safety because they motivate pris- oners to complete programs and follow facility rules. Research shows that visits are an important component of managing prisoner behavior, reducing recidivism and promoting positive parent-child relationships. Data collected by the Minnesota Department of Corrections found that inmates who receive a single visit have a 13% reduction in recidivism compared to inmates who do not receive any visits. Visits also facili- tate reentry because families are often the primary source of support for housing, clothes, food and other necessities when a person is released from prison. The impact of visitation on recidivism has signif- icant cost implications, given the annual prison cost in NY is $60K per person. DOCCS should focus on increasing visitation, not making it more difficult. For children with incarcerated parents, in-person visits have a positive impact on their emotional well-being and future life outcomes. In 2011, DOCCS reported that 72% of women and 62% of men in prison were parents. This suggests the impact of their incarceration is felt by a significant number of children. For children, visits with their incarcerated parents have proven beneficial on a number of levels and are associated with higher self-esteem, improved non-verbal IQ scores, better adjustment to school and foster care and fewer behavior problems. Increased contact between parents and children may have upfront costs, such as the bus program, but offer long-term benefits to society and to families.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Approximately $1.5 million LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become law.
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A07016 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         7016--A
                                                                Cal. No. 493
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 29, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. DE LA ROSA, WEPRIN, SEPULVEDA, DICKENS, ORTIZ,
          MOSLEY, NIOU,  BARRON,  RICHARDSON,  RIVERA,  DAVILA,  WALKER,  ROZIC,
          BLAKE,  D'URSO, BICHOTTE, HARRIS, CRESPO, PEOPLES-STOKES, SIMON, COOK,
          GOTTFRIED, COLTON, JOYNER, HYNDMAN, JEAN-PIERRE -- Multi-Sponsored  by
          --  M.  of  A.    WRIGHT -- read once and referred to the Committee on
          Correction  --  ordered  to  a  third  reading,  amended  and  ordered
          reprinted, retaining its place on the order of third reading
 
        AN ACT to amend the correction law, in relation to available transporta-
          tion for correction facility visitation
 
          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 138-b
     2  to read as follow:
     3    § 138-b. Visitor transportation. In conjunction with the inmate visit-
     4  ing program, the department shall provide transportation for visitors to
     5  correctional facilities on a regular basis, but no less than  bimonthly,
     6  at  no  cost to visitors. Transportation shall be provided from the city
     7  of New York, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany to correctional  facilities,
     8  as determined by the commissioner. Information concerning transportation
     9  shall  be posted on the department's public website, and shall be avail-
    10  able from the telephone  number  designated,  pursuant  to  section  one
    11  hundred  thirty-eight-a of this article. Notice of available transporta-
    12  tion shall be provided to inmates upon reception and upon transfer to  a
    13  new correctional facility.
    14    §  2. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a
    15  law.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD10801-02-8
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