Bill S1290-2011

Authorizes the commissioner of correctional services to develop programs in correctional facilities to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases

Authorizes the commissioner of correctional services, in consultation with the commissioner of health, to develop and implement programs in every correctional facility to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among correctional employees and inmates.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • Jan 6, 2011: REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION

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BILL NUMBER:S1290

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to preventing sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among correctional employees and inmates

PURPOSE: To prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Directs the commissioner to develop and implement programs in each correctional facility to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection, including availability of prophylactic devices.

Section 2. Directs the commissioner to consult with the commissioner of health to identify and select effective curricula.

Section 3. Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: In New York State there are more than 105,000 people jailed in city. county, and state correctional facilities. Approximately 70,000 are inmates in the 73 New York State prisons. Of these, 8,000 are estimated to be HIV positive. By developing and implementing education and outreach programs and making prophylactic devices available. the Department of Corrections (DOCS) can help stop the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases to other inmates and employees.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2005: S.3048 (Duane), Died in Crime and Corrections 2006: S.3048 (Duane), Died in Crime and Corrections 2007: S.2833 (Duane), Died in Crime and Corrections 2008: S.2833 (Duane), Died in Crime and Corrections 2009: S.1792 (Duane), Died in Crime and Corrections 2010: S.1792 (Duane), Died in Crime and Corrections

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This might entail minor costs for the dissemination of information and prophylactic devices. However, this would be more than made up for by reduced health care costs.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1290 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 preventing sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among correctional employees and inmates 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 141-a to read as follows: S 141-A. SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES AND HIV; PREVENTION. 1. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS IN EVERY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES AND HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS INFECTION, FOR EMPLOYEES AND INMATES, INCLUDING EDUCATION, OUTREACH, HARM REDUCTION, OFFERING TESTING, AND AVAILABILITY OF PROPHYLACTIC DEVICES. 2. IN DEVELOPING PROGRAMS FOR THE PREVENTION OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES AND HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS INFECTION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CONSULT WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH TO IDENTIFY AND SELECT CURRICULA THAT ARE LIKELY TO BE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING TRANSMISSION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES WITHIN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES AND TO CONTACTS OF PRISONERS UPON THEIR RELEASE. 3. THE PROGRAMS REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION MAY INCLUDE PEER EDUCATION AND USE OF NON-DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL, AND SHALL BE IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TARGETED POPULATION, SHALL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE LITERACY LEVEL OF THE TARGETED POPULATION, AND SHALL BE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE TO THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL NEEDS OF THE TARGETED POPULATION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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