Cuomo Announces College Degree Programs for NY Prisoners

The program will offer associate and bachelor degree education at 10 prisons

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    Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to provide college classes in New York prisons, saying a college degree will reduce the likelihood an inmate will return to a life of crime when released.
     
    The program will offer associate and bachelor degree education at 10 prisons, one in each region of the state.

      Cuomo announced the program at a church service for the New York Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators conference Sunday morning alongside New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.
     
    According to a Cuomo press release, New York currently spends $60,000 per year on each prisoner, and it will cost approximately $5,000 per year to educate an inmate. It did not specify the cost of the overall program.
     
    The state will issue a Request for Proposal from qualified educational associations in March.
     

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