senate Bill S3350

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the commission on post-secondary correctional education

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to finance
Feb 01, 2013 referred to finance

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S3350 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4109
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Commissions
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S974, A3657
2009-2010: A8552, S5685

S3350 - Summary

Establishes the commission on post-secondary correctional education to examine, evalute, and make recommendations concerning the availability effectiveness and need for expansion of post-secondary education in the NYS prison system.

S3350 - Sponsor Memo

S3350 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  3350

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  HASSELL-THOMPSON,  MONTGOMERY, PARKER, SAMPSON --
  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  expiration
  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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05949-01-3

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