Skip to code content (skip section selection)
Compare to:
New York City Overview
The New York City Charter
The New York City Administrative Code
The Rules of the City of New York
Title 1: Department of Buildings
Title 2: Board of Standards and Appeals
Title 3: Fire Department
Title 6: Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
Title 9: Procurement Policy Board Rules
Title 12: Franchise and Concession Review Committee
Title 15: Department of Environmental Protection
Title 16: Department of Sanitation
Title 17: Business Integrity Commission
Title 19: Department of Finance
Title 20: Tax Appeals Tribunal
Title 21: Tax Commission
Title 22: Banking Commission
Title 24: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Title 25: Department of Mental Health and Retardation [Repealed]
Title 28: Housing Preservation and Development
Title 29: Loft Board
Title 30: Rent Guidelines Board
Title 31: Mayor's Office of Homelessness and Single Room Occupancy
Title 34: Department of Transportation
Title 35: Taxi and Limousine Commission
Title 38: Police Department
Title 38-A: Civilian Complaint Review Board
Title 39: Department of Correction
Title 40: Board of Correction
Title 41: Department of Juvenile Justice
Title 42: Department of Probation
Title 43: Mayor
Title 44: Comptroller
Title 45: Borough Presidents
Title 46: Law Department
Title 47: Commission on Human Rights
Title 48: Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH)
Title 49: Department of Records and Information Services
Title 50: Community Assistance Unit
Title 51: City Clerk
Title 52: Campaign Finance Board*
Title 53: Conflicts of Interest Board
Title 55: Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Title 56: Department of Parks and Recreation
Title 57: Art Commission
Title 58: Department of Cultural Affairs
Title 60: Civil Service Commission
Title 61: Office of Collective Bargaining
Title 62: City Planning
Title 63: Landmarks Preservation Commission
Title 66: Department of Small Business Services
Title 67: Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications
Title 68: Human Resources Administration
Title 69: Department of Aging
Title 70: In Rem Foreclosure Release Board
Title 71: Voter Assistance Commission
Title 72: Office of Emergency Management
Title 73: Civic Engagement Commission
§ 1-01 Non-discriminatory Treatment.
   (a)   Policy. People in custody shall not be subject to discriminatory treatment based upon race, religion, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender, disability, age or political belief. The term "person in custody" means any person in the custody of the New York City Department of Correction ("the Department"). "Inmate" and "prisoner" both mean "person in custody" throughout this Title, and the Board will modernize to person-forward language in promulgating rules, so as to phase out the use of "inmate" and "prisoner". "Detainee" means any person in custody awaiting disposition of a criminal charge. "Sentenced prisoner" means any person in custody serving a sentence of up to one year in Department custody.
   (b)   Equal protection.
      (1)   Prisoners shall be afforded equal opportunity in all decisions including, but not limited to, work and housing assignments, classification, and discipline.
      (2)   Prisoners shall be afforded equal protection and equal opportunity in being considered for any available programs including, but not limited to educational, religious, vocational, recreational, or temporary release.
      (3)   Each facility shall provide programs, cultural activities and foods suitable for those racial and ethnic groups with significant representation in the prisoner population, including Black and Hispanic prisoners.
      (4)   Nothing contained in this section shall prevent the Department from using rational criteria for a particular program or opportunity.
   (c)   Hispanic prisoners and staff.
      (1)   Each facility shall have a sufficient number of employees and volunteers fluent in the Spanish language to assist Hispanic prisoners in understanding, and participating, in the various facility programs and activities, including use of the law library and parole applications.
      (2)   Bilingual prisoners in each housing unit should be used to assist Spanish-speaking prisoners in the unit and in the law library.
      (3)   Communications on any significant matter from correctional personnel to prisoners, including, but not limited to, orientation, legal research, facility programs, medical procedures, minimum standards and disciplinary code shall be in Spanish and English.
      (4)   Communications on any significant matter from correctional personnel to outside individuals or organizations regularly involved with New York City prisoners shall be in Spanish and English.
      (5)   Spanish-speaking prisoners shall be afforded opportunities to read publications and newspapers printed in Spanish, and to hear radio and television programs broadcast in Spanish. Facility libraries shall contain Spanish language books and materials.
   (d)   Different languages.
      (1)   Prisoners shall be permitted to communicate with other prisoners and with persons outside the facility by mail, telephone, or in person, in any language, and may read and receive written materials in any language.
      (2)   Provisions shall be made by the Department to assist in assuring prompt access to translation services for non-English speaking prisoners.
      (3)   Procedures shall be employed to ensure that non-English speaking prisoners understand all written and oral communications from facility staff members, including but not limited to, orientation procedures, health services procedures, facility rules and disciplinary proceedings.
(Amended City Record 7/22/2019, eff. 8/21/2019)