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Cuomo Proposes College Degree Program for Prisoners

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to help people in prison earn a college degree while serving their time.

Cuomo argues inmates who earn a degree while in prison are less likely to return after leaving.

He says providing the opportunity to get a college degree is cheaper for taxpayers and better for society, costing an extra $5,000 five per year.

Right now, he says 40 percent of prisoners who leave end up returning.

"The government will spend $60,000 a year on a prison cell to keep a person imprisoned, more money than it takes to send the person to Harvard University for a year,” said Cuomo.

The initiative will put the college programs in 10 state prisons where inmates can earn an associate or bachelor’s degree, which generally takes two-and-a-half to three years.

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