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File #: Int 1561-2017    Version: Name: Requiring DOC to facilitate the posting of bail or bond.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services
On agenda: 4/25/2017
Enactment date: 7/22/2017 Law number: 2017/125
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of correction to facilitate the posting of bail or bond
Sponsors: Elizabeth S. Crowley, Rory I. Lancman, Daniel Dromm , Andrew Cohen, Ben Kallos
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Summary: This bill requires the Department of Correction to provide inmates with basic information and assistance with posting bail.
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1561-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 1561, 4. Int. No. 1561, 5. April 25, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 6. Committee Report 5/2/17, 7. Hearing Testimony 5/2/17, 8. Hearing Transcript 5/2/17, 9. Proposed Int. No. 1561-A - 6/22/17, 10. Committee Report 6/19/17, 11. Hearing Testimony 6/19/17, 12. Hearing Transcript 6/19/17, 13. June 21, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 14. Fiscal Impact Statement, 15. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-21-17, 16. Int. No. 1561-A (FINAL), 17. Letter to Mayor, 18. Local Law 125, 19. Minutes of the Recessed Stated Meeting of June 6, 2017 held on June 21, 2017, 20. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - June 21, 2017
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6/19/2017*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/2017*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/2017*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/2017AElizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/2/2017*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/2/2017*Elizabeth S. Crowley Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/25/2017*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/25/2017*Elizabeth S. Crowley City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1561-A

 

By Council Members Crowley, Lancman, Dromm, Cohen and Kallos

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of correction to facilitate the posting of bail or bond

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Chapter 1 of Title 9 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 9-150 to read as follows:  

§ 9-150 Bail facilitation.

Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Bail facilitator. The term “bail facilitator” means a person or persons whose duties include explaining to eligible inmates how to post bail or bond, explaining the fees that may be collected by bail bonds companies, taking reasonable steps to communicate directly with or facilitate inmate communication with possible sureties, and taking any other reasonable measures to assist inmates in posting bail or bond.

Eligible inmate. The term “eligible inmate” means a person in the custody of the department held only on bail or bond.

a. Within 24 hours of taking custody of an eligible inmate, the department shall provide to such inmate the following information in written form: (i) the inmate’s amount of bail or bond, (ii) the inmate’s New York state identification number or booking and case number or other unique identifying number, (iii) options for all forms of bail payment and all steps required for such payment, including the locations at which a surety may post bail and the requirements for so posting, and (iv) any other information relevant to assisting the inmate in posting bail or bond.

b. Within 24 hours of taking custody of eligible inmates, the department shall notify such inmates that they may post their own bail. Within such time period, the department shall, to the extent practicable and in a manner consistent with officer safety and all applicable laws, offer such inmates the opportunity to obtain property, including personal contact information and financial resources, that such inmates may require for the purpose of posting bail and which is stored in such inmate’s personal property, provided that any member of the department who accesses such inmate’s property pursuant to this subdivision shall request access only for the purpose of facilitating posting bail.

c. The department shall ensure that bail facilitators meet with all eligible inmates within 48 hours of their admission to the custody of the department, that eligible inmates have continued access to bail facilitators, and that bail facilitators are provided with reasonable resources necessary to fulfill their duties.

§ 2. This local law takes effect 180 days after it becomes law.

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