Gov. Cuomo announces plan to help prisoners get college degrees

"Giving men and women in prison the opportunity to earn a college degree costs our state less and benefits our society more"


By Joseph Spector
Democrat and Chronicle

ALBANY — A statewide initiative will start to expand opportunities for prisoners to get college degrees, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.

Cuomo said New York's recidivism rate for incarceration is 40 percent, and the state spends $60,000 a year to house each prisoner. He said the program would help keep prisoners from returning to jail and will start by partnering local colleges with 10 prisons, which are mainly upstate.

"Giving men and women in prison the opportunity to earn a college degree costs our state less and benefits our society more," Cuomo said in a statement.

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