senate Bill S3368

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Establishes the commission on post-secondary correctional education

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee


  • Introduced
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  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to finance
Jan 29, 2021 referred to finance

S3368 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2323
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
2019-2020: S2206, A4011

S3368 (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.

S3368 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3368 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   3368
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 29, 2021
                                ___________
 
 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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