NY to Provide College Classes in State Prisons

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/17 2014 11:18AM

Updated 02/17 2014 11:24AM

ALBANY, N.Y. - A new program in New York will give incarcerated individuals the opportunity to earn a college degree through college classes at prisons across the state.

A press release says studies show that investing in college education for prisoners dramatically decreased the rate of recidivism 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," said Governor Cuomo. "New York State currently spends $60,000 per year on every prisoner in our system, and those who leave have a 40 percent chance of ending up back behind bars."

Classes will be provided at 10 New York State prisons, one in each region in the state. No word on what 10 prisons will be participating in the program.

The program will offer both associates and bachelor's degrees. Degrees would take generally 2.5 to 3 years.

A press release says it will cost approximately $5,000 per year to provide one year of college education for one inmate.

The state will be seeking proposals from educational associations for the program starting on March 3.

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