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Committee on Corrections and Community Reentry

The Committee on Corrections and Community Reentry addresses issues affecting people in jails, prisons and other detention facilities, as well as people on probation and parole and with conviction histories. Such issues include conditions of confinement, including medical and mental health care, education, access to the courts, prison violence, law library facilities; sentencing; classification of prisoners; and use of criminal records by potential employers, educational institutions, and others. The Committee’s recent activities have included submitting an amicus brief to the New York State Court of Appeals in a case relating to resentencing under the Rockefeller Drug Law Reform legislation, and commenting on the U.S. Department of Justice’s proposed standards for implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

Recent Reports

Testimony submitted to the Board of Correction regarding proposed amendments to certain minimum standards related to visitation rights, packages, punitive segregation, and Enhanced Supervision Housing at City correctional facilities (October 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: NYC Jails

Letter in support of A.6430-A/S.983-A, which would strengthen protections to prevent the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women (October 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Prisons

Report on A.7030/S.5169 re: Sealing Misdemeanor Felony Records (July 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Sealing of Criminal Records

For the full list of committee reports click here

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.

Of Interest

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor