Senate Bill S2345

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Enacts "the prison minimum wage act" relating to payment for labor performed by incarcerated individuals

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Crime Victims, Crime And Correction Committee


  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-S2345 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Crime Victims, Crime And Correction
Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§170, 171, 177, 178, 184, 186 & 187, Cor L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: S3138
2021-2022: S287

2023-S2345 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts "the prison minimum wage act" relating to payment for labor performed by incarcerated individuals.

2023-S2345 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2023-S2345 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   2345
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 20, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  MYRIE,  BAILEY,  COMRIE,  HOYLMAN-SIGAL, JACKSON,
   KAVANAGH, KRUEGER, RAMOS, RIVERA, SALAZAR, SANDERS -- read  twice  and
   ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
   Crime Victims, Crime and Correction
 
 AN ACT to amend the correction law, in relation to enacting "the  prison
   minimum wage act"

   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. This act shall be known and may be  cited  as  "the  prison
 minimum wage act".
   § 2. Subdivision 3 of section 170 of the correction law, as amended by
 chapter 322 of the laws of 2021, is amended to read as follows:
   3.  Notwithstanding  any other provision of law, an incarcerated indi-
 vidual may be permitted to leave the institution under guard  to  volun-
 tarily  perform  work  for  a nonprofit organization; PROVIDED THAT EACH
 INCARCERATED INDIVIDUAL WHO VOLUNTEERS TO PERFORM WORK FOR  A  NONPROFIT
 ORGANIZATION  SHALL BE PAID A MINIMUM HOURLY WAGE OF NOT LESS THAN THREE
 DOLLARS. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL BE ENTITLED TO CHARGE THE NONPROFIT ORGAN-
 IZATION A REASONABLE HOURLY RATE FOR MEALS AND HOUSING OF  SUCH  PRISON-
 ERS,  IF ANY. As used in this section, the term "nonprofit organization"
 means an organization operated exclusively for religious, charitable, or
 educational purposes, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the
 benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
   § 3. Section 171 of the correction law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
 subdivision 3 to read as follows:
   3.  ANY  INCARCERATED INDIVIDUAL PERFORMING LABOR AS DESCRIBED IN THIS
 SECTION SHALL BE COMPENSATED FOR HIS OR HER LABOR IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
 PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION FIVE OF SECTION ONE  HUNDRED  EIGHTY-SEVEN  OF
 THIS ARTICLE.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD01349-01-3
 S. 2345                             2
 
              

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Diane_Houghton
1 month ago

This bill has been floating around in limbo for quite some time. It’s a pretty straightforward reform. Three dollars per hour isn’t even a fair wage, but it’s certainly better than pennies per hour. I don’t understand why this bill could possibly take so long to pass or not to pass. It’s been in the same spot for a long time! It doesn’t even move! I’m following a few other bills in this area and every one has been sitting in the same place for at least 2 years. I have checked out your monthly meetings. I’ve watched videos of meetings with the Finance Committee where you are interviewing people. We voted for you. We pay your
salary. Please, please get to work on these bills. And please understand that I am frustrated and I don’t mean to be rude.

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