Albany Lawmakers Take Steps To Let Inmates Serve Time Close To Family

The Democratic-controlled Assembly in Albany is pushing a bill that would allow inmates to serve out their sentences in facilities close to their kids.

The proposed bill would have to be approved by the legislative leadership before it makes the floor for a full vote.

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic told the New York Post that experts believe two benefits could come from the move.

First, inmates who see their families on a regular basis are less likely to be repeat offenders. Secondly, the children of incarcerated parents are more likely to suffer from ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences' according to the Center for Disease Control.

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will be made to develop a list of procedures and assessments to monitor families accepted to the new law if the bill passes. And annual reports will be submitted to authorities for review.

In the state of New York over 100,000 children have a parent in jail.

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