senate Bill S1509

2023-2024 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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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 12, 2023 referred to finance


S1509 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
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
2021-2022: S3368, A2323

S1509 (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.

S1509 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1509 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             January 12, 2023
 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

   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 incar-
 cerated individual upon release and have a  positive  impact  on  prison
 safety  and  security.  The  legislature  further  finds  that  there is
 currently a lack of available post-secondary  educational  opportunities
 for incarcerated individuals in the New York state prison system.
   Studies have consistently found that the higher the level of education
 attained,  the  more  likely a former incarcerated individual 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 incar-
 cerated 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 incarcerated individuals from access-
 ing  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 correction-
 al  education  programs  continued  to operate in New York following the
 termination of TAP availability for incarcerated individuals.
   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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