HB1555 (2020) Detail

(New Title) establishing a committee to study increasing wages, educational opportunities, and the corresponding impact on recidivism among prisoners incarcerated in a state correctional facility who work at or under the supervision of such facility


HB 1555-FN-LOCAL - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

19Feb2020... 0138h

2020 SESSION

20-2343

04/05

 

HOUSE BILL 1555-FN-LOCAL

 

AN ACT establishing a committee to study increasing wages, educational opportunities, and the corresponding impact on recidivism among prisoners incarcerated in a state correctional facility who work at or under the supervision of such facility.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Thompson, Ches. 14; Rep. Wilhelm, Hills. 42; Rep. Oxenham, Sull. 1

 

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a committee to study increasing wages, educational opportunities, and corresponding impact on recidivism among inmates incarcerated in a state correctional facility who work at or under the supervision of such facility.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19Feb2020... 0138h

20-2343

04/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT establishing a committee to study increasing wages, educational opportunities, and the corresponding impact on recidivism among prisoners incarcerated in a state correctional facility who work at or under the supervision of such facility.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Committee Established.  There is established a committee to study increasing wages, educational opportunities, and the corresponding impact on recidivism among inmates incarcerated in a state correctional facility who work at or under the supervision of such facility.

2  Membership and Compensation.

I.  The members of the committee shall be as follows:

(a)  Five members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(b)  Two members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

II.  Members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the committee.

3  Duties.  

I.  The committee shall study:

(a)  How the New Hampshire department of corrections could increase the wages of prisoners under the supervision of a correctional facility who perform skilled jobs inside such a facility, increase access to educational opportunities in the same facilities, and the relationship of both to recidivism.

(b)  Existing wage structure for prisoners.

(c)  Wages paid to prisoners in other states for similar work to that performed by prisoners in New Hampshire.  

(d)  Existing expenses for prisoners inside New Hampshire correctional facilities and whether existing wages cover those expenses.

(e)  Whether increased wages should be restricted to certain uses, such as educational expenses.  

(f)  The different jobs performed by prisoners and whether there is reason to pay higher wages for certain jobs over others.  

(g)  Any possible rehabilitative impact of increased wages.  

(h)  The cost of increasing wages and whether wage increases could be rolled out incrementally over multiple budget cycles.  

(i) Whether there are existing policies or laws that would enable the department of corrections to increase wages without additional legislation, and the possible benefits or challenges of additional legislation on the matter.  

(j)  The interplay between prison wages, educational opportunities, and recidivism.

II.  The committee shall solicit information from any individual or entity the committee deems relevant to its study, including the commissioner of the department of corrections, the American Civil Liberties Union, and individuals currently or formerly incarcerated in New Hampshire.

4  Chairperson; Quorum.  The members of the study committee shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the committee shall be called by the first-named house member.  The first meeting of the committee shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Four members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.

5  Report.  The committee shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2020.

6  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

LBAO

20-2343

Amended 2/20/20

 

HB 1555-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2020-0138h)

 

AN ACT establishing a committee to study increasing wages, educational opportunities, and the corresponding impact on recidivism among prisoners incarcerated in a state correctional facility who work at or under the supervision of such facility.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [    ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [ X ] None

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill establishes a committee to study  increasing wages, educational opportunities, and the corresponding impact on recidivism among prisoners incarcerated in a state correctional facility who work at or under the supervision of such facility.  The  Office  of  Legislative  Budget  Assistant  states  this  bill  has  no  fiscal  impact  on state, county, and local expenditures or revenue.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

None

 

Links

HB1555 at GenCourtMobile
HB1555 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 15, 2020 House Hearing
Jan. 28, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 19, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1555 Revision: 8174 Date: Feb. 25, 2020, 11:21 a.m.
HB1555 Revision: 7209 Date: Dec. 3, 2019, 11:28 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety HJ 1 P. 26
Jan. 15, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/15/2020 11:00 am LOB 204
Jan. 28, 2020 Executive Session: 01/28/2020 10:00 am LOB 204
Feb. 19, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0138h (NT) for 02/19/2020 (Vote 16-4; RC) HC 7 P. 18
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0138h (Vote 16-4; RC)
Feb. 19, 2020 Amendment # 2020-0138h (NT): AA VV 02/19/2020 HJ 4 P. 43
Feb. 19, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0138h (NT): MA VV 02/19/2020 HJ 4 P. 43
Feb. 19, 2020 Referred to Finance 02/19/2020 HJ 4 P. 43
Feb. 19, 2020 Referral Waived by Committee Chair per House Rule 46(f) 02/19/2020 HJ 4 P. 49
March 11, 2020 Introduced 03/11/2020 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 7
June 16, 2020 Vacated from Committee and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020 SJ 8
June 16, 2020 No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8