senate Bill S2206

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes the commission on post-secondary correctional education

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee


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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to finance
Jun 20, 2019 committed to rules
Mar 14, 2019 advanced to third reading
Mar 13, 2019 2nd report cal.
Mar 12, 2019 1st report cal.285
Jan 23, 2019 referred to finance

Votes

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Mar 12, 2019 - Finance committee Vote

S2206
15
5
committee
15
Aye
5
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S2206 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4011
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
2015-2016: S2039, A3309
2017-2018: S3342, A4158

S2206 (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.

S2206 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2206 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2206

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BAILEY -- 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.

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