assembly Bill A4011

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes the commission on post-secondary correctional education

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to ways and means
May 21, 2019 reported referred to ways and means
Jan 31, 2019 referred to correction


A4011 (ACTIVE) - Details

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Law Section:
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A8552, S5685
2011-2012: A3657, S974
2013-2014: A4109, S3350
2015-2016: A3309, S2039
2017-2018: A4158, S3342
2021-2022: A2323, S3368
2023-2024: A1398, S1509

A4011 (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.

A4011 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 31, 2019

Introduced  by M. of A. AUBRY -- 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
  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.