New Bill Allowing CANY to Adequately Report on Prison Conditions Passes New York State Assembly and Senate
July 27, 2020 In the Press
Last week, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed Assembly Bill A10194, which permits the correctional association to access, visit, inspect, and examine all state correctional facilities. Sponsored by State Senator Zellnor Myrie, the bill was largely written by a formerly incarcerated NYCHEP member who works for State Senator Luís Sepúlveda of the Bronx.
Tamar Sarai Davis reports,
Assembly Bill A10194 would grant less restricted access to the experiences of incarcerated New Yorkers, with provisions within the bill that would allow CANY to conduct unannounced prison inspections without providing 30 days advance notice, as is currently required. During these visits, the bill would also allow CANY to have private conversations with incarcerated people and correctional officers without the presence of DOCCS staff members. According to Miller, the presence of DOCCS staff during these interviews can stifle both facility staff and those incarcerated from speaking truthfully about their experiences due to fear of retaliation.