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Meeting Name: Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services (inactive) Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 5/6/2015 1:00 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: 250 Broadway - Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
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T2015-2913 *   Oversight - Examining Violence in New York City’s Jails and the City’s Response.Oversight Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
T2015-2913 *   Oversight - Examining Violence in New York City’s Jails and the City’s Response.Oversight Filed, by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0643-2015 *Elizabeth S. Crowley  Requiring the dept of correction to provide reports regarding the number of inmates who are on waiting lists for placement in or transfer to alternative housing.IntroductionThis bill requires the Department of Correction to post a monthly report on its website indicating the number of inmates waiting for placement in restrictive housing and clinical alternative to punitive segregation housing.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0643-2015 *Elizabeth S. Crowley  Requiring the dept of correction to provide reports regarding the number of inmates who are on waiting lists for placement in or transfer to alternative housing.IntroductionThis bill requires the Department of Correction to post a monthly report on its website indicating the number of inmates waiting for placement in restrictive housing and clinical alternative to punitive segregation housing.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0706-2015 *Daniel Dromm   Requiring the commissioner of the department of correction to post a quarterly report regarding the visitation of incarcerated individuals.IntroductionThe Department of Correction (“DOC”) houses inmates in a variety of facilities, some on Rikers Island and others in various borough facilities. This bill requires the DOC to publish a quarterly report on the number of visitors in both Rikers Island and in borough facilities, and to differentiate between attorney visits and other types of visitors. The bill also requires the DOC to report the number of visitations in which the visitor unable to visit their inmate, and to record and report the reason the visit was unsuccessful. The DOC must report the total number of visits and the rate of visits per inmate. All reporting differentiates between Rikers Island and borough facilities.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0706-2015 *Daniel Dromm   Requiring the commissioner of the department of correction to post a quarterly report regarding the visitation of incarcerated individuals.IntroductionThe Department of Correction (“DOC”) houses inmates in a variety of facilities, some on Rikers Island and others in various borough facilities. This bill requires the DOC to publish a quarterly report on the number of visitors in both Rikers Island and in borough facilities, and to differentiate between attorney visits and other types of visitors. The bill also requires the DOC to report the number of visitations in which the visitor unable to visit their inmate, and to record and report the reason the visit was unsuccessful. The DOC must report the total number of visits and the rate of visits per inmate. All reporting differentiates between Rikers Island and borough facilities.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0753-2015 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Requiring the office of criminal justice to post on the office’s website an annual report regarding bail and the criminal justice system.IntroductionThis bill requires the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (“DoITT”) to report on a number of issues pertaining to the inmate population of the Department of Correction (“DOC”). The bill would require DoITT to report information on a quarterly basis regarding the number of inmates in DOC’s custody, based both on the average daily inmate population for the quarter and for the total number of inmate admissions that quarter. For those inmates detained pre-trial, the following information must be reported: the charges they are facing, how serious those charges are, how long these they have been detained, how much bail has been set on them, and their criminal record if any. For those inmates who were sentenced, DoITT must report the length of these inmates’ sentences. The bill also requires DoITT to report on the court system’s impact on the DOC inmate population. For both felony and misdemeanor cases, DoITT must report the number of cases in which bail was set and the number of cases in which the defendant failed to appear for a court date, both for cases in which the defendant posted bail and for cases in which the defendant was released. The bill also requires DoITT to report on the number of cases in which defendants were released under specified conditions such as supervised release programs, the number of cases in which forms of bail other than cash or bail bonds are imposed, and the number of defendants who post bail. Finally, the bill requires DoITT to report on the outcomes of cases in which defendants are incarcerated pre-trial, and to report certain key information differentiating between boroughs, and comparing that borough-specific data to borough-specific crime rates.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0753-2015 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Requiring the office of criminal justice to post on the office’s website an annual report regarding bail and the criminal justice system.IntroductionThis bill requires the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (“DoITT”) to report on a number of issues pertaining to the inmate population of the Department of Correction (“DOC”). The bill would require DoITT to report information on a quarterly basis regarding the number of inmates in DOC’s custody, based both on the average daily inmate population for the quarter and for the total number of inmate admissions that quarter. For those inmates detained pre-trial, the following information must be reported: the charges they are facing, how serious those charges are, how long these they have been detained, how much bail has been set on them, and their criminal record if any. For those inmates who were sentenced, DoITT must report the length of these inmates’ sentences. The bill also requires DoITT to report on the court system’s impact on the DOC inmate population. For both felony and misdemeanor cases, DoITT must report the number of cases in which bail was set and the number of cases in which the defendant failed to appear for a court date, both for cases in which the defendant posted bail and for cases in which the defendant was released. The bill also requires DoITT to report on the number of cases in which defendants were released under specified conditions such as supervised release programs, the number of cases in which forms of bail other than cash or bail bonds are imposed, and the number of defendants who post bail. Finally, the bill requires DoITT to report on the outcomes of cases in which defendants are incarcerated pre-trial, and to report certain key information differentiating between boroughs, and comparing that borough-specific data to borough-specific crime rates.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0758-2015 *Inez D. Barron  Requiring the commissioner of the dept of correction to post a quarterly report regarding the department's grievance system.IntroductionThe Department of Correction operates a grievance system in which inmates may file formal complaints regarding the conditions of incarceration, pursuant to state mandates. This system has multiple levels of review, from the initial filing of the grievance through multiple phases of review and appeal. Grievances may be filed through a grievance office or through a box in which grievance forms may be deposited. This bill requires the Department to report on the number of grievances filed at every step of the grievance process, and the outcome of such grievances at each state of the grievance system. The bill also requires the Department to list separately the system’s functioning in those facilities in which grievance offices or grievance form deposit boxes are not available, and to list separately whether grievances are filed through the grievance office, the grievance form drop box, or through grievance program staff members.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0758-2015 *Inez D. Barron  Requiring the commissioner of the dept of correction to post a quarterly report regarding the department's grievance system.IntroductionThe Department of Correction operates a grievance system in which inmates may file formal complaints regarding the conditions of incarceration, pursuant to state mandates. This system has multiple levels of review, from the initial filing of the grievance through multiple phases of review and appeal. Grievances may be filed through a grievance office or through a box in which grievance forms may be deposited. This bill requires the Department to report on the number of grievances filed at every step of the grievance process, and the outcome of such grievances at each state of the grievance system. The bill also requires the Department to list separately the system’s functioning in those facilities in which grievance offices or grievance form deposit boxes are not available, and to list separately whether grievances are filed through the grievance office, the grievance form drop box, or through grievance program staff members.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0759-2015 *Fernando Cabrera   Requiring the depts of correction and health and mental hygiene to report on cases of injuries to inmates and staff in city jails, and to refer such cases to investigative agencies.IntroductionThe Department of Health and Mental Health (“DOHMH”) oversees the health care of all inmates in the custody of the Department of Correction (“DOC”). This bill requires the DOHMH to review all treatment of inmates for particularly serious injuries, including injuries to the head or other serious physical injuries. The DOHMH would be required to report all such injuries to agencies that have the authority to investigate them: the Board of Correction, the Department of Investigation, and the Investigative Division of the DOC. The bill would also require the DOHMH to report on the number of such injuries they treat on a quarterly basis. The bill would also require the Investigation Division of the DOC to investigate all such injuries, and to report on the outcomes of these investigations at every step of the process, including any disciplinary steps taken against staff who cause such injuries. The bill also requires the DOC to report on the number of such injuries that are incurred by inmates on a quarterly basis. The bill also imposes parallel reporting requirements for incidents in which inmates assault Correction staff: the DOC must report on all injuries and serious injuries incurred by staff due to an assault by an inmate on a quarterly basis, must refer all such physical injuries to the Investigation Division of the DOC, and must refer all such serious injuries to the District Attorney’s office with jurisdiction over the alleged assault. The DOC must also make a good faith effort to obtain information from the District Attorney regarding the outcomes of any such referrals.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0759-2015 *Fernando Cabrera   Requiring the depts of correction and health and mental hygiene to report on cases of injuries to inmates and staff in city jails, and to refer such cases to investigative agencies.IntroductionThe Department of Health and Mental Health (“DOHMH”) oversees the health care of all inmates in the custody of the Department of Correction (“DOC”). This bill requires the DOHMH to review all treatment of inmates for particularly serious injuries, including injuries to the head or other serious physical injuries. The DOHMH would be required to report all such injuries to agencies that have the authority to investigate them: the Board of Correction, the Department of Investigation, and the Investigative Division of the DOC. The bill would also require the DOHMH to report on the number of such injuries they treat on a quarterly basis. The bill would also require the Investigation Division of the DOC to investigate all such injuries, and to report on the outcomes of these investigations at every step of the process, including any disciplinary steps taken against staff who cause such injuries. The bill also requires the DOC to report on the number of such injuries that are incurred by inmates on a quarterly basis. The bill also imposes parallel reporting requirements for incidents in which inmates assault Correction staff: the DOC must report on all injuries and serious injuries incurred by staff due to an assault by an inmate on a quarterly basis, must refer all such physical injuries to the Investigation Division of the DOC, and must refer all such serious injuries to the District Attorney’s office with jurisdiction over the alleged assault. The DOC must also make a good faith effort to obtain information from the District Attorney regarding the outcomes of any such referrals.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0763-2015 *Julissa Ferreras-Copeland  Requiring the dept of correction to report on security indicators in city jails, and to repeal section 9-130 of such code, jail data reporting on adolescents.IntroductionThe Department of Correction is currently required to report on a broad array of violence statistics for adolescent inmates. This bill repeals that law and replaces it with an expanded reporting requirement that includes adult inmates. The Department must report on 7 violence-related statistics monthly, an additional 16 statistics quarterly, and an additional 4 statistics yearly. This report will also separate reporting for inmates aged 16-17, 18-21, and 22 years old or older.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0763-2015 *Julissa Ferreras-Copeland  Requiring the dept of correction to report on security indicators in city jails, and to repeal section 9-130 of such code, jail data reporting on adolescents.IntroductionThe Department of Correction is currently required to report on a broad array of violence statistics for adolescent inmates. This bill repeals that law and replaces it with an expanded reporting requirement that includes adult inmates. The Department must report on 7 violence-related statistics monthly, an additional 16 statistics quarterly, and an additional 4 statistics yearly. This report will also separate reporting for inmates aged 16-17, 18-21, and 22 years old or older.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0766-2015 *Daniel R. Garodnick  Requiring the dept of correction to post a quarterly report on the population demographics of the city's jails.IntroductionThe Department of Correction (“DOC”) currently tracks certain demographic information regarding its inmates, including their age, gender, race, and the borough in which they were arrested. This bill requires the DOC to publish this information quarterly, based on the average daily population of the city’s jails for the preceding quarter.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0766-2015 *Daniel R. Garodnick  Requiring the dept of correction to post a quarterly report on the population demographics of the city's jails.IntroductionThe Department of Correction (“DOC”) currently tracks certain demographic information regarding its inmates, including their age, gender, race, and the borough in which they were arrested. This bill requires the DOC to publish this information quarterly, based on the average daily population of the city’s jails for the preceding quarter.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0767-2015 *Daniel R. Garodnick  Publication of the dept of correction's policies on the use of force.IntroductionThis bill requires the Department of Correction to publish their rules and regulations/directives regarding the use of force by Correction staff on inmates, including describing in what circumstances the use of force, or the use of certain equipment, is warranted.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0767-2015 *Daniel R. Garodnick  Publication of the dept of correction's policies on the use of force.IntroductionThis bill requires the Department of Correction to publish their rules and regulations/directives regarding the use of force by Correction staff on inmates, including describing in what circumstances the use of force, or the use of certain equipment, is warranted.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0768-2015 *Daniel R. Garodnick  Requiring the dept of correction to report on enhanced supervision housing.IntroductionThe Department of Correction is currently required to report on certain conditions in their punitive segregation facilities and other specialized facilities in which inmates are punished for committing certain infractions while in custody. This bill expands the list of facilities for which such reporting is required, adding any facility in which inmates are regularly kept to their cells for more than the maximum number of hours allowed by the jail standards, regardless of whether such placement is due to a punishment for committing an infraction or not. This would mean that the Department’s new Enhanced Supervision Housing would be included in this reporting requirement.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0768-2015 *Daniel R. Garodnick  Requiring the dept of correction to report on enhanced supervision housing.IntroductionThe Department of Correction is currently required to report on certain conditions in their punitive segregation facilities and other specialized facilities in which inmates are punished for committing certain infractions while in custody. This bill expands the list of facilities for which such reporting is required, adding any facility in which inmates are regularly kept to their cells for more than the maximum number of hours allowed by the jail standards, regardless of whether such placement is due to a punishment for committing an infraction or not. This would mean that the Department’s new Enhanced Supervision Housing would be included in this reporting requirement.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0770-2015 *Vanessa L. Gibson  Requiring that the dept of correction establish a crisis intervention program.IntroductionThis bill requires the Department of Correction to work in conjunction with the Department of Health and Mental Health to develop a “crisis intervention program.” This program would be designed to address situations in which inmates with mental health issues act out, typically by refusing to leave their cells or disobeying correction officers. The program would create protocols to address these issues. The bill also requires the Department of Correction to provide specialized training in how to address such situations, and to create a policy of addressing these situations with teams of officers with such training. These teams would also be required to include one civilian associated with the Department of Health and Mental Health who has received specialized training on addressing these situations. The Departments of Correction and Health and Mental Health must meet at least yearly to address issues with the crisis intervention program. The bill also requires the Department of Correction to report yearly on the status of this program, including the number of officers who have received crisis intervention training, the number of crisis intervention teams utilized by the department, and the number of crisis situations involving inmates with mental health issues were addressed with such teams.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0770-2015 *Vanessa L. Gibson  Requiring that the dept of correction establish a crisis intervention program.IntroductionThis bill requires the Department of Correction to work in conjunction with the Department of Health and Mental Health to develop a “crisis intervention program.” This program would be designed to address situations in which inmates with mental health issues act out, typically by refusing to leave their cells or disobeying correction officers. The program would create protocols to address these issues. The bill also requires the Department of Correction to provide specialized training in how to address such situations, and to create a policy of addressing these situations with teams of officers with such training. These teams would also be required to include one civilian associated with the Department of Health and Mental Health who has received specialized training on addressing these situations. The Departments of Correction and Health and Mental Health must meet at least yearly to address issues with the crisis intervention program. The bill also requires the Department of Correction to report yearly on the status of this program, including the number of officers who have received crisis intervention training, the number of crisis intervention teams utilized by the department, and the number of crisis situations involving inmates with mental health issues were addressed with such teams.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0778-2015 *Rosie Mendez  DOC to submit regular reports regarding the investigations of the use of force by correction officers on inmates.IntroductionThis bill requires the Department of Correction (“DOC”) to issue a yearly report regarding investigations into the use of force by staff on inmates, including the number of investigations and outcomes of such investigations.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0778-2015 *Rosie Mendez  DOC to submit regular reports regarding the investigations of the use of force by correction officers on inmates.IntroductionThis bill requires the Department of Correction (“DOC”) to issue a yearly report regarding investigations into the use of force by staff on inmates, including the number of investigations and outcomes of such investigations.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0784-2015 *Elizabeth S. Crowley PreconsideredCreation of an inmate bill of rights.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Correction to communicate to every inmate their rights as inmates in plain and simple language, both in writing and orally.Hearing on P-C Item by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 0784-2015 *Elizabeth S. Crowley  Creation of an inmate bill of rights.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Correction to communicate to every inmate their rights as inmates in plain and simple language, both in writing and orally.P-C Item Laid Over by Comm  Action details Not available