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A08190 Summary:

Amd §23, Cor L
Relates to allowing telephone calls prior to an incarcerated individual's transfer except under exceptional circumstances.
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A08190 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to allowing a telephone call prior to an incarcerated individual's transfer   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide that state incarcerated individuals transferred to a new correctional facility are able to call their families prior to being transferred and the department will send an electronic notice to the next of kin or personal representative.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subdivision 1 of section 23 of the correction law. Section 2 provides an effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Incarcerated individuals are routinely transferred from one facility to another for a variety of reasons. Immediately before transfer they are locked down for a few days, then are sent by bus to their new facility. The bus may take several days to arrive at the new facility, since it usually makes other stops along the way. Once an incarcerated individual reaches a new facility, they are initially placed in special housing and then eventually transferred to general population. Unfortunately, many family members and loved ones take trips and spend money in order visit the incarcerated individual, just to be turned away upon arrival because their loved one has been transferred to a new facility. DOCCS does not tell family members when an incarcerated indi- vidual is being transferred and since the incarcerated individuals are locked down, they cannot phone home. Allowing an incarcerated individual to call home prior to being transferred can help relieve the stress that incarcerated individuals and their families feel around the time of transfer and can make the transition to a new prison easier. Family members can avoid the financial burden of visiting the wrong facility and/or sending packages that may become lost in the mail. The electronic notice ensures that the next of kin or personal representative is noti- fied in case they missed the call. This bill follows current DOCCS practice of allowing an incarcerated individual to phone home once the transfer is completed but expands that practice by permitting incarcerated individuals to call their loved ones immediately prior to being transferred too.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2020-2021: A.8190, referred to correction 2019-2020: S3100, died on third reading; A6867, died in correction, died on third reading 2018: S8966A, died in rules; A10829B, died on third reading   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law
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