Governor Cuomo Wants the State to Pay for College for Prisoners
Inmates in New York State prisons could get a college degree courtesy of the state.
That’s the idea behind a proposal from Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The Democrat says inmates who earn college degrees are less likely to return to a life of crime once released from prison.
According to the Governor’s office, the state currently spends $60,000 annually per prisoner and it would cost $5,000 a year to educate an inmate.
New York is expected to put out a request for proposals from colleges in March.
The state is currently partnered with Cornell University, Bard and others to offer privately funded degree programs at close to two dozen prisons.