Bill S1854-2013

Requires inmates to have an acceptable residence to qualify for parole

Requires inmates to have an acceptable residence to qualify for parole.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION
  • Mar 13, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO CRIME VICTIMS, CRIME AND CORRECTION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Crime Victims, Crime and Correction - Mar 13, 2013
Ayes (8): Gallivan, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Griffo, Little, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Ritchie
Ayes W/R (2): Hoylman, Peralta
Nays (3): Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery, Rivera

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1854

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring inmates to have an acceptable residence to qualify for parole

PURPOSE: This legislation would require any parolee, prior to release, to secure an acceptable permanent residence and not a temporary shelter, for the purpose of complying with all state and local laws and regulations regarding placement of registered sex offenders.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation amends Subparagraph (A) of paragraph (c) of subdivision 2 of Section 259-i of the executive law, as amended by Section 38-f-1 of subpart A of part C of Chapter 62 of 2011, requiting release plans for paroled inmates to include an acceptable residence which must be a permanent residence and not a temporary shelter, including, but not limited to a homeless shelter, motel/hotel, or trailer, and shall allow the inmate to comply with all state and local laws and regulations regarding placement of registered sex offenders.

JUSTIFICATION: Communities rely on the protection of their children by enforcing state and local laws and regulations regarding homes of registered sex offenders; housing paroled individuals in temporary shelters or other residences cannot ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: A.1401/S.1448 2009-10: A.7559/S.4133

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 1854 A. 1456 2013-2014 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Correction AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring inmates to have an acceptable residence to qualify for parole THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph (A) of paragraph (c) of subdivision 2 of section 259-i of the executive law, as amended by section 38-f-1 of subpart A of part C of chapter 62 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: (A) Discretionary release on parole shall not be granted merely as a reward for good conduct or efficient performance of duties while confined but after considering if there is a reasonable probability that, if such inmate is released, he OR SHE will live and remain at liberty without violating the law, and that his OR HER release is not incompatible with the welfare of society and will not so deprecate the seriousness of his crime as to undermine respect for law. In making the parole release decision, the procedures adopted pursuant to subdivision four of section two hundred fifty-nine-c of this article shall require that the following be considered: (i) the institutional record including program goals and accomplishments, academic achievements, vocational education, training or work assignments, therapy and interactions with staff and inmates; (ii) performance, if any, as a participant in a temporary release program; (iii) release plans [including] SHALL INCLUDE, IN ADDITION TO community resources, employment, education and training and support services available to the inmate, AN ACCEPTABLE
RESIDENCE. IN ORDER FOR A RESIDENCE TO BE AN ACCEPTABLE RESIDENCE AND QUALIFY THE INMATE FOR PAROLE RELEASE, SUCH RESIDENCE SHALL BE A PERMA- NENT RESIDENCE, AND NOT A TEMPORARY SHELTER INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, A HOMELESS SHELTER, MOTEL/HOTEL, OR TRAILER, AND SHALL ALLOW THE INMATE TO COMPLY WITH ALL STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS REGARDING PLACEMENT OF REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS; (iv) any deportation order issued by the federal government against the inmate while in the custody of the department and any recommendation regarding deportation made by the commissioner of the department pursuant to section one hundred forty- seven of the correction law; (v) any statement made to the board by the crime victim or the victim's representative, where the crime victim is deceased or is mentally or physically incapacitated; (vi) the length of the determinate sentence to which the inmate would be subject had he or she received a sentence pursuant to section 70.70 or section 70.71 of the penal law for a felony defined in article two hundred twenty or article two hundred twenty-one of the penal law; (vii) the seriousness of the offense with due consideration to the type of sentence, length of sentence and recommendations of the sentencing court, the district attorney, the attorney for the inmate, the pre-sentence probation report as well as consideration of any mitigating and aggravating factors, and activities following arrest prior to confinement; and (viii) prior crim- inal record, including the nature and pattern of offenses, adjustment to any previous probation or parole supervision and institutional confine- ment. The board shall provide toll free telephone access for crime victims. In the case of an oral statement made in accordance with subdi- vision one of section 440.50 of the criminal procedure law, the parole board member shall present a written report of the statement to the parole board. A crime victim's representative shall mean the crime victim's closest surviving relative, the committee or guardian of such person, or the legal representative of any such person. Such statement submitted by the victim or victim's representative may include informa- tion concerning threatening or intimidating conduct toward the victim, the victim's representative, or the victim's family, made by the person sentenced and occurring after the sentencing. Such information may include, but need not be limited to, the threatening or intimidating conduct of any other person who or which is directed by the person sentenced. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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