senate Bill S974

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes the commission on post-secondary correctional education

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 12, 2012 committee discharged and committed to rules
notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 04, 2012 referred to finance
Jan 05, 2011 referred to finance


S974 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S5685, A8552

S974 - Summary

Establishes the commission on post-secondary correctional education.

S974 - Sponsor Memo

S974 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E


                             January 5, 2011

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


  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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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