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§ 285. State aid for cooperation with correctional facilities. 1. Each
public library system operating under an approved plan of service which
has a state correctional facility or facilities within its area of
service shall be awarded an annual grant of nine dollars twenty-five
cents per capita for the inmate population of such facility or
facilities to make available to the inmate population of such facility
or facilities, in direct coordination with the correctional facilities
libraries, the library resources of such system. The commissioner shall
adopt any regulations necessary to carry out the purposes and provisions
of this subdivision.

 2. The commissioner is authorized to expend up to one hundred
seventy-five thousand dollars annually to provide grants to public
library systems operating under an approved plan of service for
provision of services to county jail facilities. Such formula grants
shall assist the library system in making available to the inmate
population of such facility or facilities the library resources of such
system. Such grants shall be available to each public library system in
such manner as to insure that the ratio of the amount each system is
eligible to receive equals the ratio of the number of inmates served by
the county jail facility to the total number of inmates served by county
jail facilities in the state as of July first of the year preceding the
calendar year in which the state aid to public library systems is to be
paid. Inmate populations shall be certified by the New York state
commission of correction. The commissioner shall adopt any regulations
necessary to carry out the purposes and provisions of this subdivision.

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