Cornell University officials react to governor's proposal of college degrees for inmates

Created: 02/18/2014 6:31 PM WHEC.com

News10NBC is continuing to follow the controversial proposal by Governor Cuomo to give state prison inmates college degrees.

News10NBC had a chance to hear from officials at Cornell University, a school that has been teaching college classes in state prisons for over a decade. Through that program, inmates have the chance to earn an associate’s degree while behind bars.

Under Governor Cuomo’s proposal, taxpayers would be responsible for the $5,000 it costs to educate an inmate. But Cornell's program director says that's a worthy investment.

Governor Cuomo says the $5,000 cost to get an inmate degree is a small price to pay compared to the $60,000 to house an inmate if they become a repeat offender.

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