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Cuomo pushing education for inmates

Albany, N.Y. Prison inmates may get the chance to earn a college degree while they complete their sentences, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.

Cuomo said studies have shown that those who earn a degree while in prison will be less likely to go to prison again.

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. 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.

Cuomo also said current programs show that providing a college education for inmates is cheaper for the state and gives those getting out of prison a better shot.

The initiative announced Sunday will provide college level education to one prison in each region of the state, for a total of ten.

According to Cuomos office, it costs about $5,000 per year to provide one year of college classes to an inmate.

The percentage of inmates who return to prison in New York is 40 percent.

 
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