Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 12, 2023||
referred to finance
Senate Bill S1509
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2023-S1509 (ACTIVE) - Details
2023-S1509 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S1509 SPONSOR: BAILEY TITLE OF BILL: An act to establish a commission on post-secondary correctional educa- tion; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof PURPOSE: This bill establishes a commission to study and make recommendations to the legislature and the governor regarding the availability and effec- tiveness of post-secondary correctional education programs in Prison. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill contains legislative findings that demonstrates the need for a commission on post-secondary correctional education and includes relevant statistical information. Section 2 of the bill establishes the commission to be known as the New
2023-S1509 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1509 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 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 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. LBD03927-01-3
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