Relates to mandatory security at all places where parolees are required to report as part of their release from detention.
BILL NUMBER: S7537
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the executive law, in relation to mandatory security at all places where parolees are required to report as part of their release from detention
PURPOSE : This bill would ensure that all facilities where parolees or persons released from incarceration on parole have to report are protected with proper security devices.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Those facilities visited by persons released from incarceration as a result of board release, presumptive release, mandatory or conditional release, or release after maximum sentence shall install security screening devices
Security screening devices are defined as security cameras, metal detectors, X-ray machines, explosives trace-detection portal machines or puffer machines, or security personnel at facilities visited by parolees.
JUSTIFICATION : Samuel Salters, a New York City parole officer, was recently shot by a parolee while working in a parole reporting station. Another incident occurred in March of 2009 when a New York City parole officer was threatened at knife point while working at her desk. These incidents demonstrate the lack of adequate security for parole officers and other employees who work in facilities frequently visited by parolees. These facilities lack an adequate security apparatus, subjecting parole officers and other employees to dangerous working environments.
Everyday, parole officers meet face to face with those released from incarceration, many convicted of violent offenses. It is New York State's duty to protect these brave and hardworking officers from the perils of their job. Currently, only two parole facilities in New York city have metal detectors. This bill would mandate all facilities in the State to install adequate security measures to protect employees.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7537 IN SENATE April 20, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. FOLEY -- 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 executive law, in relation to mandatory security at all places where parolees are required to report as part of their release from detention THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 257-d to read as follows: S 257-D. PROVISIONS FOR ENHANCED SECURITY AT LOCAL PAROLE OFFICES. ALL FACILITIES OR BUILDINGS WHERE PAROLEES OR PERSONS RELEASED FROM INCAR- CERATION ON PAROLE ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT AS PART OF BOARD RELEASE, PRESUMPTIVE RELEASE, MANDATORY OR CONDITIONAL RELEASE, OR RELEASE AFTER THE COMPLETION OF A MAXIMUM SENTENCE SHALL INSTALL SECURITY SCREENING DEVICES. TO ASSURE THE SAFETY OF BUILDING STAFF AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC, SECURITY SCREENING DEVICES MAY INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: SECURITY CAMERAS; METAL DETECTORS; X-RAY MACHINES; EXPLOSIVES TRACE-DETECTION PORTAL MACHINES OR PUFFER MACHINES; AND SECURITY PERSONNEL HIRED AND DEDICATED TO THE BUILDING STATIONED AT ALL POINTS OF PUBLIC ENTRY TO THE BUILDING. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD16954-01-0