DOCS Removes Information from Website for Certain Non-Violent Offenders

DOCS Removes Incarceration Information from Website for Certain Non-Violent Offenders in Accordance With New Law.

In accordance with Correction Law Section 9, enacted as part of the 2010-11 State Budget, the Department of Correctional Services has removed from its web site incarceration information for certain previously incarcerated non-violent offenders who completed their last prison sentence or term of parole or post release supervision at least five years ago. As a result of this change, approximately 25 percent of all inmate records will no longer be viewable through the DOCS Inmate Lookup site. As additional such non-violent offenders reach five years from completion of their last sentence or term of supervision, their incarceration information also will be removed.
Correction Law § 9, entitled “Access to inmate information via the internet” and effective July 2010, requires the Department to remove from its website information for a limited class of non-violent offenders five years after each such offender completes his or her maximum term of imprisonment or five years after each such offender completes his or her term of parole or post release supervision. Any prior incarceration information which was removed will be restored for any offender who is returned to prison.
This statute does not apply to:
1. any offender who is ineligible to earn merit time as set forth in Correction Law § 803(1)(d), namely offenders convicted of a violent felony offense, a sex offense or certain other A-1 felony offense other than drugs, or
2. any offender who committed an offense covered by the Sex Offender Registration Act, as set forth in Correction Law § 168-a, including certain prostitution, obscenity and sexually motivated offenses. All of these offenders will remain on the website indefinitely.
Since this statute applies to individuals who have already been released from prison, information previously found on this website may no longer be available. If an individual is subsequently returned to the Department’s custody, the information that was previously removed will reappear on this website.

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