Governor Cuomo recently announced that there will be a $7.3 million initiative to allow incarcerated individuals throughout the state to participate in college-level courses. The program will be called College-in-Prison Reentry Program. This will allow these individuals to take part in programs that will help them re-enter life outside of prison and find success. This program would be applicable for over 2,500 people.
This initiative aims to make sure people who were once incarcerated do not ever end up back in prison and become successful individuals after they’ve done their time. In fact, a study showed that those who took classes in prison were 43 percent less likely to be imprisoned again. These individuals were also 13 percent more likely to find a job after finishing their sentence. Those who participate may be able to earn certificates in certain industries, Associate’s Degrees or Bachelor’s Degrees. Some of the colleges/universities that are participating in the program include New York University, Bard College, Cornell University, Medaille College, Mercy College, Mohawk Valley Community College, Jefferson Comunity College, and other SUNY and CUNY universities.
In order to be eligible to participate in this program, individuals must have only 5 years or less left on their sentence in prison.
If you have questions about how you or your imprisoned loved one can participate in obtaining a college degree or starting a degree in prison, contact an attorney today.
If you are in need of experienced legal counsel in New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. and we would be happy to assist you.