ALBANY, N.Y. -- During his 2014 budget address, Governor Cuomo said he wanted to give a big boost to higher education in New York, and now he wants to expand it to prisons.
He's proposing a plan to fund college classes for New York inmates, saying a college degree will reduce the chances people would return to crime after being released.
The program would create associates and bachelor's degree programs at 10 state prisons in different areas of the state. Cuomo said the degrees would take up to three years to complete.
Announcing the plan at a church service for the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, the governor said New York already spends $60,000 a year on each inmate. The program will cost approximately $5,000 per year in taxpayer money to educate one inmate, said Cuomo.
NEWS10 ABC went on the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website and found private funds already support post-secondary education for inmates.
One local official called the Governor's new initiative a 'slap in the face.' We'll have his reaction and much more coming up on News10ABC at 6 p.m.