Glenn has just broken (in my estimation) the story about how the NY Constitution has been amended to allow prison inmates to work outside the walls for non-profit organizations through a link to Van Jones.
Part 1: Starting at 3:55
The New York Prisoner Volunteer Proposal, Proposal 2 appeared on the November 3, 2009 ballot in New York as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The proposal suggested authorizing the New York Legislature to allow prisoners to perform volunteer work for nonprofit organizations.
A nonprofit organization is defined as an organization that functions for either a religious, charitable or educational purpose. Currently Article III, Section 24 of the New York Constitution prohibits the use, contract or donation of convict labor. The only exception is for state or public institutions.
Proposal 2 Result Votes Percentage Yes 818,250 67.5% No 394,836 32.5% Total votes 1,213,086 100.00% Voter turnout n/a%