CALL TO ORDER
Roll Call
MINUTES APPROVAL
1. Minutes of Feb 3, 2020 10:01 AM Accepted

On motion of Legislator Cunzio, and, seconded by Legislator Covill the minutes were approved 4 - 0.

I. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

Department of Corrections Organizational Overview

Guests: Commissioner Joe Spano, First Deputy Commissioner Louis Molina and Deputy Commissioner Leandro Diaz

              -Presentation from the Department of Corrections

Other Items:

              -Staffing and Census

              -Update on recent incidents at County Correctional Facilities

 

Commissioner Spano began the discussion by giving an organizational overview of the Department of Corrections. He explained that on the client enhancement side, the DOC has rolled out a legal aid initiative in December 2019. First Deputy Commissioner Louis Molina discussed the partnership with the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County to open an office inside the education center of the corrections facility. FDC Molina noted that the Department recognizes the significant anxiety that pretrial detainees go through while they are going through the criminal justice process. This office allows them to help alleviate some of the anxiety as well as increases access to justice. The Legal Aid Society of Westchester represents anywhere from 150-200 clients at any given time within the jail. Twice a week legal aid attorneys meet with clients at the jail. Legal Aid also provides social workers who conduct sessions at the jail. This helps the department increase their capacity to conduct discharge planning for the entire jail. Commissioner Spano noted that the DOC has added new college courses through their partnership with Pace University. As of February 24th, 2020, the DOC has opened a new constant observation unit for the female residents. Prior to this new unit, residents dealing with issues that could result in harm to themselves or others would have be one on one with a corrections officer. With the decline in the DOC census, they were able to convert a day room into a constant observation unit with the support of the State Commission of Corrections. The unit is a four bed room with a corrections officer embedded into the unit. This has been a continuation of the DOC plan to convert unused spaces.

 

With a motion by Legislator Johnson and seconded by Legislator Covill, the meeting went into executive session.

With a motion by Legislator Cunzio and seconded by Legislator Shimsky, the meeting came out of executive session.

 

II. OTHER BUSINESS

Unfinished Business and any other agenda items to come before the Committee.

 

III. RECEIVE & FILE
1. 12385 : HON. DAMON R. MAHER: NYTimes Article - "There's a Strong Case for Sticking with Bail Reform" Received and Filed

Forwarding a New York Times article entitled, "There's a Strong Case for Sticking with Bail Reform."

With a motion by Legislator Cunzio and seconded by Legislator Covill the item below was received & filed with a vote of 4 to 0.

a. COMM - NYTimes Article - "There's a Strong Case for Sticking with Bail Reform" - DRAFT
2. 12386 : HON. DAMON R. MAHER: The Tribune Article - "Impact of ending most cash bail in NY:Hundreds of empty jail cells" Received and Filed

Forwarding an article from The Tribune entitled, "Impact of ending most cash bail in NY: Hundreds of empty jail cells" as well as questions regarding reallocation of resources.

With a motion by Legislator Cunzio and seconded by Legislator Covill the item below was received & filed with a vote of 4 to 0.

a. COMM - The Tribune Article - "Impact of ending most cash bail in NY:Hundreds of empty jail cells" - DRAFT
ADJOURNMENT

Moved by Legislator Cunzio seconded by Legislator Covill the Committee adjourned at {MinutesClosed:h:mm tt}.