Bill Text: NY S04743 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Authorizes a study by the department of corrections and community supervision pertaining to the treatment of aging prison populations.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-05-07 - REFERRED TO FINANCE [S04743 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04743-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          4743
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     March 22, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced by Sens. PARKER, SEPULVEDA -- read twice and ordered printed,
          and  when  printed  to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims,
          Crime and Correction
        AN ACT  authorizing  a  study  by  the  New  York  state  department  of
          corrections  and community supervision to study the treatment of aging
          prison populations and make recommendations for ensuring humane treat-
          ment of such populations
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The  department  of corrections and community supervision
     2  shall undertake a study of the treatment, conditions and  prevalence  of
     3  aging  prison populations and what plans, if any, such department has to
     4  provide for this increasing segment of the inmate population. The  study
     5  shall include but not be limited to the following:
     6    (a)  a profile of the current elderly inmate population and statistics
     7  relating to its demographics including length and type of sentence,  age
     8  at  parole  eligibility,  race, gender, region of commitment, commitment
     9  crime and any other data that may describe such population;
    10    (b) projected inmate populations for  elderly  inmates  for  the  next
    11  five, ten and twenty years;
    12    (c) factors contributing to the growth in the number and proportion of
    13  elderly inmates;
    14    (d)  whether,  and  to what extent, older prison populations are being
    15  provided  with  adequate  or  specialized  housing,  medical  care,  and
    16  specialized programs that respond to their unique needs and vulnerabili-
    17  ties,  such  as  the need for wheelchair accessibility or accommodations
    18  relating to diminished mental or physical capacity, including a  profile
    19  of such housing, medical care and programs currently provided to elderly
    20  inmates  and  a  projection of such provisions that will be needed five,
    21  ten and twenty years hence;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00062-01-9

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     1    (e) provision of specialized training for corrections officers working
     2  with older inmates including what training is currently provided; and
     3    (f)  a  profile  of  classification  and  facilities  assigned to such
     4  inmates including what institutional oversight, if any, exists to ensure
     5  the welfare of older inmates within each correctional facility.
     6    § 2. The department of corrections  and  community  supervision  shall
     7  make  a  report  to  the governor and the legislature of the information
     8  required under section one of this act, its  findings  and  conclusions,
     9  and any legislative recommendations it deems necessary no later than one
    10  year after the effective date of this act.
    11    § 3. To the maximum extent feasible, the department of corrections and
    12  community supervision shall be entitled to request and receive and shall
    13  utilize  and be provided with such facilities, resources and data of any
    14  court, department, division, board, bureau, commission or agency of  the
    15  state  or any political subdivision thereof as it may reasonably request
    16  to carry out properly its responsibilities pursuant to this act.
    17    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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