Authorizes academic performance awards for incarcerated persons making such persons eligible to receive awards from the tuition assistance program.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to repeal paragraph d of subdivision 6 of section 661 of the education law relating to eligibility of incarcerated persons for academic performance awards
PURPOSE: Repeals ban on incarcerated persons receiving student financial aid awards.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: By repealing the ban on academic performance awards, inmates would once again be eligible to receive awards from the State's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
JUSTIFICATION: Until 1995, inmates in state correctional facilities were eligible to receive TAP awards in order to pursue higher education. In the interest of reducing recidivism, such awards should be made available to those inmates who wish to use their period of incarceration to pursue their education and thereby better their chances to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 1999-2000: S.6664 Died in committee 2001-2002: S.1045 Died in Committee 2003-2004: S.1630 Died in Committee 2005-2006: S.1480 Died in Committee 2007-2008: S.4085 Died in Committee 2009-2010: S.1288 Died in Committee 2011-2012: S.369 Died in Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: While it is not possible to predict exactly how many inmates might participate should they once again be eligible, the program cost approximately $5 million per year.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1367 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, SAMPSON, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to repeal paragraph d of subdivision 6 of section 661 of the education law relating to eligibility of incarcerated persons for academic performance awards THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph d of subdivision 6 of section 661 of the educa- tion law is REPEALED. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03862-01-3