N.Y. Correction Law Section 72-C
Placement of individuals with children


In determining placement for a person in custody of the department, whenever practicable the commissioner shall place such person in the correctional institution or facility which is located in closest proximity to the primary place of residence of such person’s minor child or children as defined in subdivision thirty-one of Social Services Law § 2 (Definitions)section two of the social services law, provided that such placement is suitable and appropriate, would facilitate increased contact between such person and his or her child or children, is in the best interest of such child or children, and the incarcerated parent gives his or her consent to such placement.


To make a determination about whether such placement is in the best interest of such child or children, procedures and criteria for assessing such placement shall be developed by the department in consultation with the office of children and family services. If such person has more than one child, the department shall make a separate determination for each individual child.


The department shall submit an annual report regarding the implementation of this section to the temporary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the minority leader of the senate and minority leader of the assembly as well as to the chairs of the senate committee on crime victims, crime and correction and the assembly standing committee on correction. The report shall include, but not be limited to, the number of incarcerated persons who are parents of minor children, the aggregate number of incarcerated parents by county of commitment, the number of incarcerated parents who are placed in a correctional facility in closest proximity to their children pursuant to this section, the location of such facilities, the number of incarcerated parents for whom proximal placement was not provided, a general explanation of the reasons that such placement was not provided which shall not include any identifying information, and the amount of incarcerated parents who declined such placement pursuant to this section.

Source: Section 72-C — Placement of individuals with children, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/COR/72-C (updated Dec. 24, 2021; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Dec. 24, 2021

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