A new proposal, under review in the New York State Legislature, would raise the pay rate for prisoners who perform labor.
Under the legislation, submitted by Assemblyman N. Nick Perry, who represents Brooklyn, inmates would be paid at least $3 per hour.
Perry says that New York prisoners are among the lowest paid in the nation, with some making just 16 cents per hour. At the same time, Corcraft — a division within the Department of Corrections that oversees inmate workers — makes about $50 million per year in revenue off work performed by prisoners.
The proposed law, called the “Prison Minimum Wage Act,” is currently being reviewed in committee.