1. The alternate correctional facility review panel is hereby established and shall
consist of the commissioner, the chairman of the state commission of correction, the
chairman of the board of parole, the director of the office of probation and correctional
alternatives, the commissioner of correction of the city of New York, the president
of the New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute, Inc., and the president of
the Correctional Association of New York or their designees. The governor shall appoint a chairman and vice-chairman from among the members.
2. The panel shall be authorized to enter and inspect at any and all times each alternate
correctional facility or any part thereof and shall have access to all books, records
and data pertaining to any such facility within the possession of the department relating
to subdivision three of this section.
3. The panel shall examine whether alternate correctional facilities should continue
to be utilized, whether all steps practicable have been taken by the city of New York
toward finding alternatives to housing eligible inmates in alternate correctional
facilities, including the construction of correctional facilities within the city
of New York and the development of alternatives to incarceration, and whether there
has been compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations and the operation
4. The panel shall prepare an annual report which shall be filed with the governor,
the mayor of the city of New York, the chairman of the senate crime and correction
committee, and the chairman of the assembly committee on correction no later than
the first day of March of each year.
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