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2/20/14 - NYT Editorial Mentions Trust Grantee, Bard Prison Initiative

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hopes to reduce recidivism and save money by giving those incarcerated in New York State prisons a college education. The state will be taking requests for proposals starting in March from professors and educational programs to take part in the program that will happen at 10 New York State prisons.

In a story by the New York Times Editorial Board published Feb. 18, the Bard Prison Initiative, a program started by Bard College, one of The Trust's grantees, is mentioned as handing out more than 250 college degrees. Only four percent of their prisoners in the Bard program and 2.5 percent of those who completed a degree went back to prison, the Board writes.

One year of a college education would cost about $5,000 per inmate per year, Cuomo said in a press release. That's only a fraction of what it costs to incarcerate a single inmate each year - $60,000 per year. The state has a recidivism rate of 40 percent, the release added.

Read the full story at The New York Times. 


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