Allowing Prisoners to Voluntarily Perform Work for Nonprofit Organizations

New York Ballot Measure - Proposal 2 - Constitutional Amendment

Election: Nov. 3, 2009 (General)
Outcome: Passed

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Summary

The purpose of this amendment is to authorize the Legislature to allow inmates in state and local correctional facilities to voluntarily perform work for nonprofit organizations.

Section 24 of article 3 of the State Constitution currently prohibits the farming out, contracting, giving away or selling of convict labor to any person, firm, association, or corporation. Inmates may, however, perform work for the State and its political divisions and their public institutions.

The proposed amendment would authorize the Legislature to pass legislation allowing inmates to perform work for nonprofit organizations. A "nonprofit organization" is defined to mean an organization operated exclusively for religious, charitable, or educational purposes, no part of the net earnings of which benefits any private shareholder or individual.

Measure Text

Amendment to article 3 of the Constitution, in relation to authorizing the Legislature to allow prisoners to voluntarily perform work for nonprofit organizations.

The proposed amendment would authorize the Legislature to pass legislation to permit inmates in state and local correctional facilities to perform work for nonprofit organizations. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?