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New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform Meeting and Public Hearing Records, Subject and Correspondence Files, and Reports

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform was created pursuant to Executive Order #10 in March 2007 to review New York’s extensive sentencing structure and practices, community supervision, and alternatives to incarceration. The series documents the Commission's hearings, its consultations with experts in the field, and its extensive research.
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22 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
2007-2009
Series Number:
B2541

Administrative History

The New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform was created pursuant to Executive Order #10 in March 2007 to review New York’s extensive sentencing structure and practices, community supervision, and alternatives to incarceration. The eleven member commission included persons appointed by the governor and legislative leaders, as well as administrative heads of the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS), the Board of Parole, the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), and the Crime Victims Board. The Commission created four subcommittees: Sentencing Policy; Simplification; Incarceration and Re-Entry; and Supervision in the Community. Hearings were conducted in Buffalo, Albany, and New York City in late 2007 and 2008 to invite comments from the public, advocacy groups, attorneys, the Judiciary, and formerly incarcerated individuals on the sentencing laws. The Commission issued its final report January 26, 2009. Recommendations included the establishment of a permanent commission to continuously monitor and review criminal justice and sentencing. The New York State Permanent Commission on Sentencing was established in October 2010.

Scope and Content Note

The series provides detail about the work of the Commission on Sentencing Reform and its subcommittees especially in relationship to its hearings, the experts consulted, and extensive research conducted. Included are meeting minutes; agendas; press releases; staff meeting notes; correspondence with speakers, experts, members, and the general public; subcommittee meeting minutes and agendas; court decisions; speeches; proposed legislative bills; public hearing minutes; and draft and final reports. The research files address topics such as the Rockefeller drug laws, cybercrime, sentencing information systems, DOCS programs, and inmate reentry into society. Paper and electronic copies of the Commission's preliminary and final reports, and hearing transcripts are held by the State Library.

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There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this material.

Related Information

Related Materials

B2080 Division of Criminal Justice Services Archived Web Sites, contains some of the Commission on Sentencing Reform's reports, press releases, and hearing and meeting minutes.

Related Publications

Paper and electronic copies of the Commission's preliminary and final reports and hearing transcripts are held by the New York State Library.

Acquistion Information

This series was transferred under records disposition number 19147.

B2541-15: This accretion includes records from transfer lists 090010 and 100026.

B2541-16: This accretion includes records from transfer list 090020.

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