|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 06, 2010||referred to finance|
|May 27, 2009||referred to finance|
senate Bill S5685
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S5685 (ACTIVE) - Details
S5685 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S5685 TITLE OF BILL : An act to establish a commission on post-secondary correctional education; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof PURPOSE : This bill establishes a commission to study and make recommendations to the legislature and the governor regarding the availability and effectiveness of post-secondary correctional education programs in prison. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 of the bill contains legislative findings that demonstrates the need for a commission on post-secondary correctional education and includes relevant statistical information. Section 2 of the bill establishes the commission to be known as the New York State Commission on Post-secondary Correctional Education. The commission will consider a number of issues including the benefits of post-secondary correctional education, the impact of post-secondary correctional education on the offender recidivism and prison safety and security, and recommendations about the need, if any, to expand post-secondary education programs in prison.
S5685 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 5685 2009-2010 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E May 27, 2009 ___________ Introduced by Sen. HASSELL-THOMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to establish a commission on post-secondary correctional educa- tion; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expira- tion thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds that the availability of post-secondary correctional education has the poten- tial to reduce recidivism, increase employment opportunities for inmates upon release and have a positive impact on prison safety and security. The legislature further finds that there is currently a lack of avail- able post-secondary educational opportunities for inmates in the New York state prison system. Studies have consistently found that the higher the level of education attained, the more likely a former inmate will be to obtain gainful and stable employment, and the less likely he or she will be to engage in future criminal activity. However, in 1994, federal tuition assistance, in the form of Pell Grants, for individuals incarcerated in federal and state correctional facilities was terminated with the enactment of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. Then, in 1995, New York prohibited inmates from accessing state funds through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for post-secondary correctional education. According to a report published by the Correctional Association of New York in January, 2009, entitled "Education From the Inside, Out: The Multiple Benefits of College Programs in Prison," only four out of seventy post-secondary correctional education programs continued to operate in New York following the termination of TAP availability for inmates. According to the Correctional Association of New York report, statis- tical evidence from several highly regarded studies demonstrates that EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14074-01-9
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