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File #: Res 0471-2018    Version: * Name: 6 - Restore regular free bus service for visitors to correctional facilities. (A.7016-A/S.5693-A)
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Criminal Justice
On agenda: 8/8/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.7016-A/S.5693-A, which would restore regular free bus service for visitors to correctional facilities.
Sponsors: Daniel Dromm , Donovan J. Richards, Diana Ayala
Council Member Sponsors: 3
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 471, 2. A. 7016-A, 3. S. 5693-A, 4. August 8, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files

Res. No. 471

 

Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.7016-A/S.5693-A, which would restore regular free bus service for visitors to correctional facilities.

 

By Council Members Dromm, Richards and Ayala

 

                     Whereas, The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (“DOCCS”) is responsible for rehabilitating incarcerated individuals to prepare them for successful reentry after their sentences, and visitation is a crucial component of that rehabilitation; and

                     Whereas, According to a 2013 Yale University study, visits reduce the risk of recidivism and felony reconvictions, and allow for a safer prison environment that facilitates a healthy transition during the reentry process for both incarcerated individuals and their families; and

                     Whereas, DOCCS houses a daily population of approximately 49,500 and oversees approximately 35,500 parolees, statewide; and

                      Whereas, From 1973 through early 2011, DOCCS provided free transportation to New York State run prisons to help individuals stay connected with incarcerated family members; and

                     Whereas, In early 2011, the State terminated free transportation to correctional facilities in an effort to save approximately $1.5 million; and

                     Whereas, According to a report published by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the lack of and cost for transportation are the most frequently identified barriers to visitation of correctional facilities; and

                     Whereas, Additionally, sixty percent of incarcerated individuals in state prison reported having a living child upon admission to the DOCCS system; and

                     Whereas, In-person visits can not only have a positive impact on incarcerated parents, but can also contribute to the emotional well-being and future life outcomes of visiting children; and

                     Whereas, Research shows that visits are an important component of managing prisoner behavior, reducing recidivism and promoting positive parent-child relationships; and

                     Whereas, A.7016-A, introduced by New York State Assemblymember Carmen N. De La Rosa, and companion bill S.5693-A, introduced by New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, would amend the New York State Correction Law to restore transportation for visitors from certain cities to state run correctional facilities; and

                     Whereas, A.7016-A/S.5693-A would restore free transportation service from cities, including New York, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany, to correctional facilities as determined by the DOCCS commissioner; and

                     Whereas, Restoring free transportation services to correctional facilities for family members of incarcerated individuals would benefit both the visiting family members and incarcerated individuals; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.7016-A/S.5693-A, which would restore regular free bus service for visitors to correctional facilities.

 

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