NEW YORK (WENY) - Cornell University is receiving a state grant to offer college-level education and reentry services at state prisons.
Cornell is one of 7 colleges that will receive a portion of the $7.3 million grant over the next five years. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Manhattan's District Attorney announced the grant Monday morning. The College-in-Prison Reentry Program is being funded through the Manhattan District Attorney's Office's Criminal Justice Investment Initiative.
The program will create more than 2,500 seats for college-level education and training for incarcerated New Yorkers across the state. Cuomo says it will significantly increase the likelihood of successful reentry into the community thereby reducing recidivism rates.
"Prison isn't just about serving time for one's crimes. It's an opportunity to help those who have made mistakes rehabilitate and rebuild their lives," says Governor Cuomo. "It has never been more evident that a college education is an important stepping stone to success and by partnering with District Attorney Vance, that success will reach those who never thought they could achieve it."
The colleges and universities being awarded grants to provide classes and reentry services are Bard College, Cornell University, Medaille College, Mercy College, Mohawk Valley Community College SUNY, New York University, and Jefferson Community College SUNY.
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