Authorizes the release of certain juvenile justice records.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to juvenile justice records
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends Section 372 of the social services law to allow sharing of juvenile justice records to individuals leaving the custody of the NYC Administration for Children's Services and entering the custody of the NYC Department of Corrections. This section also forbids redisclosure of said records unless allowed by law and approval of the Department.
JUSTIFICATION: Accurate classification of adolescent inmates is crucial in order for the new York City Department of Corrections (DOC) to maintain a safe and secure environment and to provide services tailored to adolescents' needs. Approximately 6,000 adolescents, between the ages of sixteen and eighteen, are admitted to DOC custody each year; approximately 250 have had at least one prior admission to the juvenile justice system within a year prior to their DOC admission. Adolescents are housed separately from adults and have distinct programming needs. The adolescent population has been disproportionately involved in incidents of violence in the jails; while representing only 7% of the daily population, its involvement in violent incidents is over 19%.
Access to juvenile justice records would enable the DOC to classify inmates more accurately, ensuring, for example, that inmates with no prior history of violence or involvement in the adolescent or adult justice systems not be housed with inmates who pose a high risk of violence. Such classifications protect both adolescent and adult populations as well as DOC staff.
Juvenile justice records will also enable DOC to enhance existing adolescent programming and to develop new targeted programming to address adolescent-specific needs, in order to further ensure the safety of staff and the adolescent population and reduce the likelihood of future incarcerations.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to New York City.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5494 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 25, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to juvenile justice records THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 372 of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4-c to read as follows: 4-C. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, THE NEW YORK CITY ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN'S SERVICES MAY RELEASE JUVENILE JUSTICE RECORDS, INCLUDING JUDICIAL CASE HISTORIES, HISTORIES OF ADMISSION TO SECURE AND NON-SECURE DETENTION FACILITIES, AND RECORDS OF BEHAVIOR IN SUCH FACILITIES, TO THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION, FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS FORMERLY IN THE CUSTODY OF THE NEW YORK CITY ADMINIS- TRATION FOR CHILDREN'S SERVICES OR A PREDECESSOR AGENCY AND WHO HAS BEEN ADMITTED INTO THE CUSTODY OF THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION. JUVENILE JUSTICE RECORDS RELEASED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL NOT BE RE-DISCLOSED EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PERMITTED BY LAW AND UPON THE APPROVAL OF THE DEPARTMENT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11400-01-1