Assembly Bill A4158

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Establishes the commission on post-secondary correctional education

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Assembly Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2017-A4158 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Ways And Means
Law Section:
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A8552, S5685
2011-2012: A3657, S974
2013-2014: A4109, S3350
2015-2016: A3309, S2039
2019-2020: A4011, S2206
2021-2022: A2323, S3368
2023-2024: A1398, S1509

2017-A4158 (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.

2017-A4158 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                             February 1, 2017
 Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  AUBRY,  JAFFEE, CAHILL, COOK, ORTIZ, TITONE,
   PERRY, HOOPER, TITUS, COLTON -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.  GLICK,
   GOTTFRIED -- 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
   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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