senate Bill S308

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Prohibits involuntary employment of prisoners

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Judiciary Committee


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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 17, 2021 opinion referred to judiciary
Jan 08, 2021 to attorney-general for opinion
Jan 06, 2021 referred to judiciary

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S308 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3142
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Constitution, Concurrent Resolutions to Amend
Laws Affected:
Amd Art 3 §24, Constn
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S6781, A8661

S308 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to prohibiting involuntary employment of prisoners; provides that no prisoner shall be compelled to provide labor against his or her will by actual force, threats of force, threats of punishment, threats of legal coercion or by any scheme, plan or pattern intended to cause the person to believe that, if such person did not provide such labor that such person or another person would suffer serious harm or physical restraint.

S308 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S308 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    308
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  MYRIE, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed,
   and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary
 
             CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY
 
 proposing an amendment to section 24 of article 3 of  the  constitution,
   in relation to prohibiting involuntary employment of prisoners
 
   Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 24 of arti-
 cle 3 of the constitution be amended to read as follows:
   §  24.  [The legislature shall, by law, provide for the occupation and
 employment of prisoners sentenced to the several state prisons, peniten-
 tiaries, jails and reformatories in the state; and no] NO person in  any
 [such]  STATE  prison,  penitentiary,  jail  or  reformatory,  shall  be
 required or allowed to work, while under sentence thereto, at any trade,
 industry or occupation, wherein or whereby his or her work, or the prod-
 uct or profit of his or her work, shall be farmed out, contracted, given
 or sold to any person, firm, association or corporation,  provided  that
 the  legislature  may provide by law that such prisoners may voluntarily
 perform work for nonprofit organizations PROVIDED THAT NO  PERSON  SHALL
 BE  COMPELLED  TO PROVIDE LABOR AGAINST HIS OR HER WILL BY ACTUAL FORCE,
 THREATS OF FORCE, THREATS OF PUNISHMENT, THREATS OF LEGAL COERCION OR BY
 ANY SCHEME, PLAN OR PATTERN INTENDED TO  CAUSE  THE  PERSON  TO  BELIEVE
 THAT,  IF  SUCH  PERSON  DID  NOT PROVIDE SUCH LABOR THAT SUCH PERSON OR
 ANOTHER PERSON WOULD SUFFER PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL OR MENTAL HARM OR  PHYS-
 ICAL  RESTRAINT.  As used in this section, the term "nonprofit organiza-
 tion" means an organization operated exclusively for religious, charita-
 ble, or educational purposes, no part  of  the  net  earnings  of  which
 inures  to  the  benefit of any private shareholder or individual. [This
 section shall not be construed to prevent the legislature from providing
 that convicts may work for, and that the products of their labor may  be
 disposed  of  to, the state or any political division thereof, or for or
 to any public institution owned or managed and controlled by the  state,
 or any political division thereof.]
 

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