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Penal Law § 70.30 provides a method for calculating an inmate’s sentence when he or she is serving more than one determinate or indeterminate sentence. As relevant here, pursuant [*2]to that statute, the minimum terms of the indeterminate sentences and the term of the determinate sentence are added together to arrive at an aggregate maximum term of imprisonment (see Penal Law § 70.30[1][d]). The Court of Appeals, in a decision made in the context of the Sex Offender Registration Act (hereinafter SORA), reasoned that “[a]lthough the primary function of [Penal Law § 70.30 was] to allow for the ready calculation of parole eligibility, . . . it [was] reasonable to apply section 70.30 to the question of whether a prisoner who has been given multiple sentences is subject to all his [or her] sentences for the duration of his [or her] term of imprisonment” (People v Buss, 11 NY3d 553, 557). The Court concluded that “[u]nderlying Penal Law § 70.30 is the proposition that concurrent sentences and consecutive sentences yield single sentences, either by merger [in the case of concurrent sentences] or by addition [in the case of consecutive sentences]” (id. at 557). The Court went on to hold that “for SORA purposes a prisoner serving multiple sentences is subject to all the sentences, whether concurrent or consecutive, that make up the merged or aggregate sentence he [or she] is serving” (id. at 557-558).



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