Senator Fred Akshar released an online petition opposing the “Prison Minimum Wage Act,” which would increase the taxpayer-funded wage paid to prison inmates to a minimum of $3 per hour.
Akshar is urging New York residents across the state who are opposed to the measure to sign the online petition at Akshar.NYSenate.Gov.
Currently, inmates in New York earn between 10 cents and $1.14 an hour ($0.62 average) for tasks such as cleaning, maintenance and manufacturing products. According to publicly released data, New York spends $9 million annually on prison inmate wages. A flat $3 wage increase could add as much as $100 million to the annual cost.
All prisons in New York are publicly owned and operated by law, with no private entity owning or operating any facility where inmates are incarcerated.
“Before we think about giving raises to prisoners, we need to fulfill our obligation to law-abiding citizens, like Direct Service Professionals who take care of those with developmental and intellectual disabilities,” said Akshar.
Direct link to survey:https://www.nysenate.gov/webforms/sen-akshars-petition-oppose-giving-prisoners-400-raise