College Degree Programs For Inmates

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  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to fund college classes in New York prisons, saying a degree will reduce the likelihood an inmate will return to crime when released. The program will offer associate and bachelor degrees at 10 prisons, one in each region of the state. Cuomo did not say which prisons might offer the programs. The college degrees would generally take inmates 2.5 to 3 years to complete.
  • The program could help lower unemployment rates in minority communities in particular, Cuomo says. The state's prison population is approximately 49 percent African-American and 24 percent Hispanic. According to Cuomo, New York currently spends approximately $3.6 billion annually in total costs for prisons. It will cost approximately $5,000 per year to educate an inmate. Cuomo didn't specify the overall cost of the college degree program.
  • The state will issue a Request for Proposal in early March from educational associations that would provide college professors and classes for the program.     Since 2007, the state Department of Corrections has partnered with colleges including Cornell University and Bard to offer privately funded degree programs at 22 prisons. The new program will expand on that.

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