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Gov. Cuomo Launches Initiative For College Classes in NY Prisons

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sunday a new statewide initiative to give incarcerated individuals the opportunity to earn a college degree through funding college classes in prisons across New York.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday a new statewide initiative to give incarcerated individuals the opportunity to earn a college degree through funding college classes in prisons across New York.

According to Cuomo, studies have shown that investing in college education for prisoners dramatically decreased recividism rates while saving tax dollars on incarceration costs.

"Giving men and women in prison the opportunity to earn a college degree costs our state less and benefits our society more," Cuomo said. "New York State currently spends $60,000 per year on every prisoner in our system and those who leave have a 40% chance of ending up back behind bars. Someone who leaves prison with a college degree has a real shot a a second lease on life because their education gives them the opportunity to get a job and avoid falling back into a cycle of crime.

The initiative will provide college level education at ten NYS prisons, one in each region of the state. The program would offer both associates and bachelor's degrees.


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