New York Governor Announces $7.3 Million to Fund Prison Education Programs and Reentry Services
Date:  08-14-2017

2,500 people in prison to receive college-level education in effort to reduce recidivism
From the New York state Government Website:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the award of $7.3 million to fund educational programming and reentry services at 17 New York State prisons over the next five years. The College-in-Prison Reentry Program is being funded through the Manhattan District Attorney's Office's Criminal Justice Investment Initiative. It will create more than 2,500 seats for college-level education and training for incarcerated New Yorkers across the state. This program will significantly increase the likelihood of successful reentry into the community thereby reducing recidivism rates.

"Prison isn't just about serving time for ones crimes. It's an opportunity to help those who have made mistakes rehabilitate and rebuild their lives," Governor Cuomo said. "It has never been more evident that a college education is an important stepping stone to success and by partnering with District Attorney Vance, that success will reach those who never thought they could achieve it. This program not only strengthens the futures of incarcerated individuals and their communities alike, but it will save taxpayer dollars in the long run."

"It makes no sense to send someone to prison with no pathway for them to succeed when they get out," said District Attorney Vance. "Investing in college education programs is a proven, cost-effective way to break the harmful cycle of recidivism and keep our communities safe. I thank today's awardees for recognizing that their institutions have a powerful role to play in enhancing public safety, and I thank Governor Cuomo for his strong commitment to implementing meaningful re-entry reforms across our state."

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