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A09809 Summary:

COSPNSRCook, Barron, D'Urso, Dickens
Amd 259-b, Exec L
Relates to the racial and ethnic makeup of the board of parole; requires the ethnic and racial makeup of the board to resemble the racial and ethnic makeup of the state's prison population.
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A09809 Actions:

02/09/2018referred to correction
04/18/2018amend and recommit to correction
04/18/2018print number 9809a
04/19/2018amend and recommit to correction
04/19/2018print number 9809b
04/30/2018enacting clause stricken
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A09809 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Sepulveda
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the racial and ethnic makeup of the board of parole   PURPOSE: Adds eight additional members to the board of parole and requires the board members to reflect the racial and ethnic makeup of the prison population.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subdivision 1 of section 259-b of the executive law so forth beginning August first, two thousand nineteen, the number of members appointed shall increase to twenty-seven. Provided, further, that all new appointments shall be made so that the racial and ethnic makeup of such board resembles the racial and ethnic makeup of the state's prison population. Section 2 states the date in which this act will take effect.   JUSTIFICATION: The Board of Parole has been understaffed for years, which causes abrupt and superficial proceedings. The board gives inmates very little time to plead their cases. Each parole interview lasts about fifteen minutes, and at least one board member is usually reviewing the next case while the inmate makes his or her presentation. The caseload per parole board commissioner is so overwhelming that the board no longer sees inmates in person; they are usually interviewed via a video monitor from a remote location. Increasing the number of board members would allow them to give each case the attention it deserves and to make sure each inmate is accorded a thoughtful and complete review of his or her record. It may also permit the board to return to in-person interviews. Currently, the parole board has up to nineteen commissioners appointed by the Governor. Although the board currently has five black members, historically, most parole board members have been white individuals from upstate with law enforcement backgrounds. African-Americans and Latinos make up seventy five percent of state's prison population. A more diverse Board of Parole would help alleviate the fear of minority commu- nities in this state that white inmates receive preferential treatment and may help ensure that our justice system treats all inmates fairly under the law.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:': New Legislation.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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