assembly Bill A3309

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Establishes the commission on post-secondary correctional education

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Jan 06, 2016 referred to correction
Apr 22, 2015 reported referred to ways and means
Jan 22, 2015 referred to correction

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A3309 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S2039
Law Section:
Commissions
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A8552, S5685
2011-2012: A3657, S974
2013-2014: A4109, S3350
2017-2018: A4158, S3342
2019-2020: A4011, S2206
2021-2022: A2323, S3368

A3309 (ACTIVE) - Summary

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

A3309 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                  3309

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 22, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A. AUBRY, JAFFEE, CAHILL, COOK, ORTIZ, ROBINSON,
  SCARBOROUGH, TITONE, PERRY, HOOPER, WRIGHT, TITUS,  COLTON  --  Multi-
  Sponsored  by  --  M. of A. GLICK, GOTTFRIED, HEASTIE, SCHIMEL -- read
  once and referred to the Committee on Correction

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.
                                                           LBD07682-01-5