Provides for notice by commissioner of correctional services of availability of medical, educational and other services, including alcohol and substance abuse treatment, to prisoners upon their release from state prison.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to services for inmates of state correctional facilities upon their release therefrom
PURPOSE: Provides for notice of availability of services to prisoners upon their release from state prison and for the making of arrangements thereof.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The correction law is amended by adding a new section 76, that will require an exit interview for all inmates, to alert them to special programs in their communities such as medical services, HIV/AIDS services, education, alcohol or substance abuse treatment or mental health services.
JUSTIFICATION: This proposed legislation addresses the critical need for prisoners, one in five of which is HIV infected and nearly that same proportion tests positive for tuberculosis, to be made aware of the health and educational services available to them in the communities they plan to re-enter upon release.
The focus of the New York correctional program has been geared toward rehabilitation. To that end the state has developed a number of programs for inmates and recently released offenders. unfortunately, many people are not aware of the programs that exist for them upon release. To rectify this situation this bill proposes the establishment of a formal exit interview to inform the inmates of programs that exist in his/her community and where possible assist the inmate in making arrangements to enter these programs. This bill is not intended to impede or delay the release of any individual, its primary function is to assist individuals in obtaining the necessary treatment and to help curb the spread of disease in New York.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.1352B/A.8727B (Died on Senate Third Reading/Died on Assembly Third Reading) 2009: S.1352B/A.8727B (Died in Senate Rules/Died in Assembly Corrections)
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1284 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 6, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. DUANE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction AN ACT to amend the correction law, in relation to services for inmates of state correctional facilities upon their release therefrom THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The correction law is amended by adding a new section 76 to read as follows: S 76. NOTICE OF TRANSITIONAL SERVICES FOR INMATES RELEASED FROM CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES. 1. PRIOR TO THE RELEASE OF AN INMATE FROM A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE SUCH INMATE WITH INFORMATION ON TRANSITIONAL SERVICES AVAILABLE IN THE COUNTY OR CITY WHERE SUCH INMATE IS SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED. SUCH INFORMATION SHALL INCLUDE REFERRALS TO PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE THE SUCCESSFUL AND PRODUCTIVE REENTRY AND REINTEGRATION OF AN INMATE INTO SOCIETY INCLUDING MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, HIV/AIDS SERVICES, EDUCATIONAL, VOCATIONAL AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, ALCOHOL OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT AND HOUSING SERVICES. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MAINTAIN A CURRENT LIST OF TRANSITIONAL SERVICES WHICH SHALL BE UPDATED NO LESS THAN ANNUALLY IN ORDER TO EFFECTUATE THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION. 2. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CONSULT WITH, AND BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE THE ASSISTANCE OF, THE COMMISSIONERS OF EDUCATION, LABOR, HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH AND THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS SECTION. THE DIVISION OF PAROLE SHALL ASSIST THE DEPARTMENT IN ANY MANNER NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT THE PURPOSES AND OBJECTIVES OF THIS SECTION ARE EFFECTIVELY ACCOMPLISHED. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the imple- mentation of the foregoing section of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00053-01-1