CRIME VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

LAWS OF NEW YORK, 2006
CHAPTER 173

EXPLANATION--Matter in italics is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to victim's notification
and verification procedures for police and district attorneys and to
repeal certain provisions of such law relating thereto

Became a law July 26, 2006, with the approval of the Governor.
Passed by a majority vote, three-fifths being present.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
bly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 625-a of the executive law, as
amended by chapter 688 of the laws of 1985, is amended to read as
follows:
1. Every police station, precinct house, any appropriate location
where a crime may be reported and any location required by the rules and
regulations of the board shall have available informative booklets,
pamphlets and other pertinent written information, including information
cards, to be supplied by the board, relating to the availability of
crime victims compensation including all necessary application blanks
required to be filed with the board and shall display prominently post-
ers giving notification of the existence and general provisions of this
article, those provisions of the penal law that prohibit the intim-
idation of crime victims and the location of the nearest crime victim
service program. The board may issue guidelines for the location of such
display and shall provide posters, application forms, information cards
and general information. Every victim who reports a crime in any manner
whatsoever shall be given notice about the rights of crime victims and
the existence of all relevant local victim's assistance programs and
services pursuant to section six hundred twenty-five-b of this article,
and supplied by the person receiving the report with information, appli-
cation blanks, and information cards which shall clearly state: (a) that
crime victims may be eligible for state compensation benefits; (b) the
address and phone number of the nearest board office; (c) that police
and district attorneys can help protect victims against harassment and
intimidation; (d) the addresses and phone numbers of local victim
service programs, where appropriate, or space for inserting that infor-
mation; or (e) any other information the board deems appropriate. Such
cards shall be designed by the board in consultation with local police,
and shall be printed and distributed by the board. The crime victims
board shall develop a system for distributing a sufficient supply of the
information cards referred to in this subdivision, to all the appropri-
ate designated locations, which shall include a schedule for meeting
that requirement.
§ 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 625-b to
read as follows:
§ 625-b. Standardized victim notification and verification procedures
for police officers. 1. The commissioner of the division of criminal
justice services in cooperation with the crime victims board shall
develop and implement a standardized procedure to be used by police
officers, county sheriffs' departments and state police officers whereby
victims of crime are notified about the rights of crime victims and the
existence of programs designed to assist crime victims.
2. In establishing a victims assistance notification procedure,
consideration shall be given to (a) developing a uniform method of
informing victims of crime of their rights and services available, (b)
including notification as part of a routine task performed in the course
of law enforcement duties, and (c) documenting a victim's receipt of
such notice.
3. Every police primary investigation report shall indicate that a
victim has been informed of their rights and the existence of all rele-
vant local victim assistance programs and services.
§ 3. Subdivision 3 of section 625-b of the executive law is REPEALED
and a new subdivision 3 is added to read as follows:
3. All state or municipal printed forms for a police primary investi-
gation report shall include a space to indicate that the victim did or
did not receive information on victim's rights, crime victims board
assistance and relevant local assistance pursuant to subdivision one of
section six hundred twenty-five-a of this article.
§ 4. Section 646-a of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 4 to read as follows:
4. (a) The commissioner of the division of criminal justice services
in cooperation with the crime victims board shall develop and prepare a
standardized form for the use of district attorney offices for the
purpose of reporting compliance with this section. The form is to be
distributed to each district attorney. Every district attorney's office
in the state shall complete the reporting form annually and send it to
the chair of the crime victims board by the first day of January each
year subsequent to the effective date of this subdivision.
(b) A copy of the report shall be retained by the district attorney
and upon request, a victim of a crime or relative of a victim shall be
entitled to receive from the district attorney a copy of their district
attorney's annual report without charge. Any other person requesting a
copy of the report shall pay a fee not to exceed the actual cost of
reproduction.
§ 5. Subdivision 1 of section 646-a of the executive law, as added by
chapter 67 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows:
1. The district attorney shall provide the victim, at the earliest
time possible, with an informational pamphlet detailing the rights of
crime victims which shall be prepared by the division of criminal
justice services in cooperation with the crime victims board, and
distributed to each district attorney's office.
§ 6. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law, provided, however that
the standardized forms and reporting procedures required pursuant to
section 625-b and subdivision 4 of section 646-a of the executive law,
as added by sections two and four of this act, shall be developed and
implemented on or before such date, and provided further that section
three of this act shall take effect one year after this act shall have
become a law.

The Legislature of the STATE OF NEW YORK ss:
Pursuant to the authority vested in us by section 70-b of the Public
Officers Law, we hereby jointly certify that this slip copy of this
session law was printed under our direction and, in accordance with such
section, is entitled to be read into evidence.

JOSEPH L. BRUNO
Temporary President of the Senate
SHELDON SILVER
Speaker of the Assembly