Source: The New York Times
This past Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo re-introduced a plan for the state to pay for college courses for inmates, this time financed through the $7.5 million in criminal forfeiture funds from the reserves of Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and matching private donations.
According to the New York Times, Mr. Vance pointed out that “expanding college programs for inmates made sense from a crime-fighting standpoint because studies had shown that inmates who earned a college degree were less likely to return to prison.”
The re-introduction of this plan comes as part of a wider initiative to address criminal justice reform and social issues. Other goals in this broader agenda include raising $100 million for community schools that confront beyond-the-classroom challenges for students and $55 million for jobs programs for at-risk youths, including those with a criminal record.
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