Bill S1394-2013

Creates a temporary state commission to study sexual misconduct in state correctional facilities; repealer

Creates a temporary state commission to study and investigate sexual misconduct in state correctional facilities among inmates and employees and shall devise a reporting system for notification of such misconduct to appropriate authorities; establishes duties and membership of such commission.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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BILL NUMBER:S1394

TITLE OF BILL: An act to create a temporary state commission to study and investigate sexual misconduct in state correctional facilities; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE: To use the recommendations by the commission to determine the feasibility of devising and implementing a sexual misconduct notification system in state correctional facilities whereby assaults can be made to the appropriate authorities at the earliest possible moment after such contact. Also, to determine any additional safeguards that may be instituted in prohibiting sexual relations between inmates and correctional employees.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The primary duties of the commission will be to investigate, evaluate and make recommendations with regard to the Problems of sexual misconduct in state correctional facilities. As such, the commission will make recommendations concerning any additional rules and regulations may be necessary to reduce the risk that correctional employees engage in unlawful and prohibited sexual contact with inmates.

The commission shall consist of nine members to be appointed as follows: the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections or his or her duly designated representative; the Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services or his or her duly designated representative; three members shall be appointed by the Governor; one member shall be appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate and one member by the Minority Leader of the Senate; one member shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one member shall be appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly.

The goal of the commission is to investigate the problem of correctional employees engaging in unlawful and prohibited sexual contact with inmates and recommend measures to rectify such circumstances. An initial report shall be submitted by the commission no later than the thirty-first of December in the year next succeeding the year in which this act shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION: No inmate should ever be a victim of sexual assault while in the custody of the Department of Corrections, and additional rules and regulations may be necessary to reduce the risk that correctional employees engage in unlawful and prohibited contact with inmates.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:; A.6994 of 2004 A.3211 of 2006 A.4109 of 2007-08 A.3755 of 2009-10 2011-2012: 5.1472 - Died in Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1394 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KLEIN, PARKER, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to create a temporary state commission to study and investigate sexual misconduct in state correctional facilities; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby acknowledges that inmates and residents are vulnerable to sexual assault from other inmates and employees of state facilities charged with the duty of care, custody and control of inmates and residents. In addition to the abusive and coercive nature of sexual misconduct, such behavior may also increase the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies. Furthermore, the legislature finds that additional rules and regu- lations may be necessary to reduce the risk of sexual misconduct by employees of such facilities. Therefore, the legislature hereby finds and declares that a temporary commission is necessary to study the prob- lem and recommend measures to rectify such circumstances. S 2. A temporary state commission, to be known as the temporary state commission on custodial sexual misconduct (hereinafter "commission"), is hereby created to study the prevalence of sexual misconduct between inmates in state correctional facilities, or residents placed in a facility operated by the office of children and family services, and employees as defined in paragraphs (e) and (g) of subdivision 3 of section 130.05 of the penal law, and make recommendations concerning the need, if any, for additional legislation and/or regulations to reduce the incidence of sexual misconduct in such facilities. The commission shall further study the need, if any, to devise a notification system whereby incidences of sexual misconduct are promptly reported to the appropriate authorities, and recommend safeguards to prevent such sexual misconduct.
S 3. a. The commission shall consist of nine members to be appointed as follows: three members shall be appointed by the governor and shall include the commissioner of the department of correctional services, the commissioner of the office of children and family services and the chairman of the state commission of correction; four members, with two appointments by the temporary president of the senate and two by the speaker of the assembly, shall be mental health professionals with expe- rience in the treatment of persons who suffer sexual abuse, criminal justice advocates, and academic professionals; one member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the senate; and one member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the assembly. No person shall be a member of such commission while such person is a member of the senate or assembly. Any vacancy on such commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment was made. A chairperson and vice- chairperson of such commission shall be elected by the majority of its members, all members being present. b. Except as provided in subdivision a of this section, no member, officer or employee of the commission shall be disqualified from holding any other public office or employment, nor shall he or she forfeit any such office or employment by reason of his or her appointment hereunder, notwithstanding the provisions of any general, special or local law, ordinance or city charter. S 4. The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties hereunder. S 5. The commission may employ and at pleasure remove such personnel as it may deem necessary for the performance of its functions and fix their compensation within the amounts made available by appropriation therefor. Such commission may meet and hold public and/or private hear- ings within or without the state, and shall have all the powers of a legislative committee pursuant to the legislative law. S 6. For the accomplishment of its purposes, the commission shall be authorized and empowered to undertake any studies, inquiries, surveys or analyses it may deem relevant through its own personnel or in cooper- ation with or by agreement with any other public or private agency. S 7. The commission may request and shall receive from any court in the state and from any subdivision, department, board, bureau, commis- sion, office, agency or other instrumentality of the state or of any political subdivision thereof such facilities, assistance and data as it deems necessary or desirable for the proper execution of its powers and duties and to effectuate the purposes set forth in this act. S 8. The commission is hereby authorized and empowered to enter into any agreements and to do and perform any acts that may be necessary, desirable or proper to carry out the purposes and objectives of this act. S 9. The commission shall make a report of its findings and shall submit the plan developed by it, including any recommendations for legislative action as it may deem necessary and appropriate, to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly no later than the thirty-first of December in the year next succeeding the year in which this act shall have become a law. S 10. This act shall take effect immediately and shall continue in full force and effect until the thirty-first of December in the year next succeeding the year in which it shall have become a law when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed.

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