What are we proposing?
The Board of Correction is considering promulgating a rule which would allow certain changes to the Department of Correction's (the Department) visitation and packages policies, as well as amend certain due process requirements for the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit and allow certain exceptions to current limitations on the use of punitive segregation. The rule would additionally make permanent a number of long-standing variances that the Department has repeatedly sought and received from the Board.
When and where is the Hearing?
The Board will hold a public hearing, at which the public and interested parties are invited to submit comments and testimony on the proposed rule, at 1 p.m. on October 16, 2015. This hearing will be held at 455 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016 - Auditorium on Ground Floor.
How do I comment on the proposed rule?
Anyone can comment on the proposed rule by:
Q: Will the Board impose a time limit on individuals who sign up to speak at the hearing? If so, what will the time limit be?
A: The time limit at the last hearing was three minutes. The time limit at the October 16, 2015 hearing will be six minutes per person.
Q: Will all Board members be expected to attend the entirety of the hearing?
A: Board members are scheduled to attend this hearing but depending on the length of the hearing all may not be able to stay for its entirety. All Board members will review the full transcript or video.
Q: Will the Board allow the hearing to continue until everyone has had an opportunity to speak? Or is there a time at which the hearing will be terminated?
A: The hearing will continue until everyone has had an opportunity to speak. On 10/16, the hearing will end at 7 PM. However, if there are speakers signed up who have not yet spoken by 7 PM, they will be scheduled for a continuation of the hearing to occur on 10/19 at 4 PM. If it is necessary to continue the 10/16 hearing on a later date, the continuation date and time will also be announced on 10/16 at 7PM to hearing participants.
Q: What accommodations will the Board be making to allow for working people and youth in school to participate in the public hearing?
A: We scheduled the 10/16 hearing to begin at 1 PM expecting it to run through some of the evening and thus accommodate both people who are available during the day time and others only available after school or work. The hearing on 10/16 will end at 7 PM, but if there are still people signed up who have not had the chance to speak at that time, the hearing will be continued on 10/19 at 4 PM.
Q: Has the Board posted information about the hearing throughout the jails, in each law library and in all of the visit areas?
A: We have taken steps to post in each law library and visit area. We will update this page when that is complete.
DOC submitted a petition for rulemaking concerning Classification, Personal Hygiene, Recreation, Contact Visits, Limitations on Visiting Rights, Packages, Enhanced Supervision Housing and Punitive Segregation.
Discussion of Changes to the Board's Visit Standard
The board received the following letter commenting on changes to the Visit Standard being discussed.