Bill seeks to place NY inmates closer to their children

The DOC is determining if it’s in the children’s best interest

By Corrections1 Staff

NEW YORK  — Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require state prisons to place inmates in facilities closest to their children.

According to Spectrum News, the DOC is determining if placing children closer to their incarcerated parent would be in their best interest. If implemented, an annual report would be required on the progress of the bill.

“Over 100,000 children in New York State have at least one parent in state prison,” the bill says. “At present, a majority of individuals are being housed in facilities that are hours away from their children and families.”

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