College For Prisoners

02.17.14 | Sarah Harnisch

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new plan Sunday to help those in state prisons earn college degrees. He said 4 in every 10 prisoners in the state end right back up where they started, and this would help keep them out of prison. The state will partner local colleges with 10 upstate prisons, allowing them to earn Associates and Bachelor's degrees. Cuomo says it costs 60-thousand dollars to house an inmate, but 5-thousand a year to get them a college education. Opponents say it's another reason to go to jail: free food, free house, free college.