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Cuomo to Provide Free College Classes to Prisoners

Inmates in will soon be able to receive a free education at 10 facilities around New York State.
Governor Cuomo announced a new initiative Sunday that will give incarcerated individuals the opportunity to earn free college degrees while in prison. Both associates and bachelors degrees will be offered at 10 facilities around New York State.

According to Cuomo, this initiative will save the state money because those with a college degree are significantly less likely to return to prison that those that are released without.

"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. Existing programs show that providing a college education in our prisons is much cheaper for the state and delivers far better results. Someone who leaves prison with a college degree has a real shot at a second lease on life because their education gives them the opportunity to get a job and avoid falling back into a cycle of crime."

It is still unclear how much the program will cost.
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