senate Bill S2039

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Establishes the commission on post-secondary correctional education

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2016 referred to finance
Jan 21, 2015 referred to finance

S2039 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3309
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Commissions
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S5685, A8552
2011-2012: S974, A3657
2013-2014: S3350, A4109
2017-2018: S3342, A4158
2019-2020: S2206, A4011
2021-2022: S3368, A2323

S2039 (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.

S2039 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2039 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  2039

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 21, 2015
                               ___________

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 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.
  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.
                                                           LBD07682-01-5

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