Requires that rehabilitation programs for female inmates in state correctional facilities be equivalent to those provided to male inmates of correctional facilities elsewhere in the state; provides that such rehabilitation programs shall include, but not be limited to, vocational, academic and industrial programs.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the correction law, in relation to assuring rehabilitation programs for female inmates equivalent to programs afforded male inmates
PURPOSE OF BILL: To extend to the female inmate population, anywhere in the State, the same opportunity to participate in programs of rehabilitation that are afforded to the male inmate population, thereby increasing the skills available to these women, while incarcerated, for which they may train to seek employment upon their release.
EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: Adds new §114 to the Correction Law.
JUSTIFICATION:; Women are now entering non-traditional occupations in great numbers, such as construction and building maintenance. Such work can be a major route out of poverty and help end recidivism for women, inasmuch as the wages for such work are greater than wages earned by women in traditionally female occupations.
Many of the vocational and industrial programs offered to men train them to work in these occupations upon release. Without the appropriate skills, women will have more difficulty competing for those jobs upon their release from incarceration. This legislation will provide that there are relevant programs providing marketable skills and training available to incarcerated women.
2009-10; S.5037 Referred to Crime Victims, Crime and Correction 2008; A.3126 Passed Assembly 2007; A.3126 Passed Assembly 2005-06; A.8173 Passed the Assembly 2004; A.4302 Assembly Calendar 2003; A.4302 Assembly Calendar 2002; A.4434 Rules Committee 2001; A.4434 Assembly Calendar 2000; A.3631 Rules Committee 1999; A.3631 Corrections Committee 1997-98; A.3889 Corrections Committee 1996; A.2336 Corrections Committee 1995; A.2336 Ways and Means Committee 1994; A.3518 Corrections Committee 1993; A.3518 Ways and Means Committee 1991-92; A.2718 Ways and Means Committee 1989-90; A.5728 Ways and Means Committee 1987-88; A.3493 Corrections Committee 1985-86; A.2944 Corrections Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Approximately $100,000
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 60th day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3283 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 15, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. HASSELL-THOMPSON -- 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 assuring rehabili- tation programs for female inmates are equivalent to programs afforded male inmates THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The correction law is amended by adding a new section 114 to read as follows: S 114. REHABILITATION PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN; TO BE COMMENSURATE TO THOSE AFFORDED MEN. IN ANY STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY IN WHICH WOMEN ARE DETAINED IT SHALL BE THE DUTY OF THE WARDEN OR THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER OF SUCH FACILITY TO ASSURE THAT SUCH WOMEN BE PROVIDED EQUIV- ALENT PROGRAMS OF REHABILITATION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO VOCA- TIONAL, ACADEMIC AND INDUSTRIAL PROGRAMS, WITHIN THE APPROPRIATION MADE THEREFOR, AS ARE PROVIDED TO MALE INMATES OF CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES ELSEWHERE IN THE STATE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law; provided that the commissioner of correctional services is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06436-01-1