|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 23, 2014||referred to crime victims, crime and correction|
senate Bill S6437
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S6437 - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Law Section:
- Correction Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add Art 23-B §§770 - 776, Cor L; amd §296, Exec L
S6437 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S6437 REVISED 5/30/14 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law and the executive law, in relation to college admission for persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses PURPOSE: The Fair Access to Education Act is intended to enhance public safety, greater racial fairness, and the economic and social well-being of all New Yorkers by removing needless barriers to higher education faced by people with past criminal justice involvement. The Fair Access to Education Act is named for Vivian Nixon who experienced the devastating impact of criminal history screening in college admissions. After serving time in prison, Vivian was determined to transform her life, and a college education became central to her goal. The first college to which she applied and for which she was academically well qualified denied her admission based upon criminal history screening. Vivian's college application experience is not unique. A growing number of colleges and universities are screening applicants and erecting barriers to admission for people with past criminal justice involvement despite the fact that there is no evidence that doing so makes college campuses safer. There are many negative consequences that flow from this practice.
S6437 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ S. 6437 A. 8574 S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y January 23, 2014 ___________ IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, HASSELL-THOMPSON, PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. PEOPLES-STOKES -- read once and referred to the Committee on Correction AN ACT to amend the correction law and the executive law, in relation to college admission for persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The correction law is amended by adding a new article 23-B to read as follows: ARTICLE 23-B COLLEGE ADMISSIONS FOR PERSONS PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED OF ONE OR MORE CRIMINAL OFFENSES SECTION 770. DEFINITIONS. 771. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. 772. PROHIBITION AGAINST INQUIRIES ABOUT ARRESTS THAT DID NOT RESULT IN A CRIMINAL CONVICTION AND CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN SEALED. 773. PRE-ACCEPTANCE PROHIBITION AGAINST INQUIRY INTO CRIMINAL HISTORY. 774. POST-ACCEPTANCE INQUIRY ABOUT CRIMINAL HISTORY PERMITTED. 775. INQUIRIES INTO CRIMINAL HISTORY NOT REQUIRED. 776. ENFORCEMENT. S 770. DEFINITIONS. 1. "COLLEGE" SHALL MEAN COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AUTHORIZED TO CONFER DEGREES PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISIONS TWO, THREE AND EIGHT OF SECTION TWO OF THE EDUCATION LAW. 2. "ADMISSIONS DECISION-MAKING PROCESS" SHALL MEAN SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATION AND ALL ASPECTS OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH ADMIS- SION. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13372-02-4
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