N.Y. Correction Law Section 46
Additional functions, powers and duties of the commission


1.

The commission, any member or any employee designated by the commission must be granted access at any and all times to any correctional facility or part thereof and to all books, records, medical records of incarcerated individuals and data pertaining to any correctional facility deemed necessary for carrying out the commission’s functions, powers and duties. The commission, any member or any employee designated by the chairman may require from the officers or employees of a correctional facility any information deemed necessary for the purpose of carrying out the commission’s functions, powers and duties.

2.

In the exercise of its functions, powers and duties, the commission, any member, and any attorney employed by the commission is authorized to issue and enforce a subpoena and a subpoena duces tecum, administer oaths and examine persons under oath, in accordance with and pursuant to civil practice law and rules. A person examined under oath pursuant to this subdivision shall have the right to be accompanied by counsel who shall advise the person of their rights subject to reasonable limitations to prevent obstruction of, or interference with, the orderly conduct of the examination. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a subpoena may be issued and enforced pursuant to this subdivision for the medical records of an incarcerated individual of a correctional facility, regardless of whether such medical records were made during the course of the incarcerated individual’s incarceration.

3.

In any case where a person in charge or control of a correctional facility or an officer or employee thereof shall fail to comply with the provisions of subdivision one, or in any case where a coroner, coroner’s physician or medical examiner shall fail to comply with the provisions of subdivision six of County Law § 677 (Records)section six hundred seventy-seven of the county law, the commission may apply to the supreme court for an order directed to such person requiring compliance therewith. Upon such application the court may issue such order as may be just and a failure to comply with the order of the court shall be a contempt of court and punishable as such.

4.

In any case where any rule or regulation promulgated by the commission pursuant to subdivision six of § 45 (Functions, powers and duties of the commission)section forty-five of this article or the laws relating to the construction, management and affairs of any correctional facility or the care, treatment and discipline of its incarcerated individuals, are being or are about to be violated, the commission shall notify the person in charge or control of the facility of such violation, recommend remedial action, and direct such person to comply with the rule, regulation or law, as the case may be. Upon the failure of such person to comply with the rule, regulation or law the commission may apply to the supreme court for an order directed to such person requiring compliance with such rule, regulation or law. Upon such application the court may issue such order as may be just and a failure to comply with the order of the court shall be a contempt of court and punishable as such.

Source: Section 46 — Additional functions, powers and duties of the commission, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/COR/46 (updated Aug. 13, 2021; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Accessed:
Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Aug. 13, 2021

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