Bill Text: NY A04340 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to inmate wages; provides that inmates shall be compensated at a base rate of $1.20 to $10 per day and shall be given biannual raises for adequate performance; and provides that inmates not participating in a work or program assignment due to age or frailty shall be paid $1.00 per day, adjusted every 5 years for cost of living.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-04 - referred to correction [A04340 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A04340-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 4, 2019
        Introduced  by  M. of A. WEPRIN, DE LA ROSA, GOTTFRIED, RIVERA -- Multi-
          Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Correction
        AN ACT to amend the correction law, in relation to inmate wages
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Section  187 of the correction law is amended by adding a
     2  new subdivision 5 to read as follows:
     3    5. Inmates shall be compensated for all work and  program  assignments
     4  at a base rate of compensation of one dollar twenty cents to ten dollars
     5  per  day  and shall be given biannual raises for adequate performance in
     6  such assignments. An inmate working in  a  manufacturing  or  industrial
     7  assignment shall receive compensation of five to ten dollars per day for
     8  the  duration of the time such inmate works in such assignment and shall
     9  revert to his or her previous rate of compensation once he or she is  no
    10  longer  working  in  such assignment.   Unless an inmate is leaving such
    11  manufacturing or industrial assignment,  his  or  her  compensation  for
    12  performing  his or her work or program assignment shall not be decreased
    13  if he or she is transferred to a different facility or  changes  assign-
    14  ments within a facility. The department shall review and adjust the base
    15  rate  of  compensation  of  inmates every five years after the effective
    16  date of this subdivision to adjust for cost of living increases. A  cost
    17  of  living  adjustment  shall  be  made if the sum of the annual average
    18  changes of the consumer price index for all urban consumers (CPI-U),  as
    19  published  annually  by  the United States department of labor bureau of
    20  labor statistics, is ten percent or greater upon review. Inmates who are
    21  not able to work or  participate  in  programs  because  of  a  medical,
    22  mental,  cognitive, developmental or physical impairment or condition or
    23  who are over the age of sixty and not participating in a work or program
    24  assignment because of age-related infirmity or frailty shall be paid one
    25  dollar per day, adjusted every five years for cost of living.
    26    § 2. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become  a
    27  law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.