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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A statewide initiative will start to expand opportunities for prisoners to get college degrees, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Sunday. Cuomo said New York's recidivism rate for incarceration is 40 percent, and the state spends $60,000 a year to house each prisoner. He said the program would help keep prisoners from returning to jail and will start by partnering local colleges with 10 prisons, which are mainly upstate. Cuomo said the program will cost about $5,000 per year to provide a year of college courses for one inmate and be funded through a partnership among the colleges, state and private sector.

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News 4 spoke with a 19-year-old college student, Lindsay Severino, who says she wants to go to jail. Severino said, "Honestly, I would rather go to prison than pay $100,000 of debt for the rest of my life."

What kind of 'degrees' are we sponsoring these dayz?

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Environmental studies, for one, Reitze. Trying paying college debt with that albatross around your neck.

#1 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-18 01:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

Severino said, "Honestly, I would rather go to prison than pay $100,000 of debt for the rest of my life."

Have at it cupcake, they will love you in the big house you lazy sack of....

Of course, you might get a degree in a career that does not allow convicted felons to hold a license. That might put a small crimp in your plans.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2014-02-18 07:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Honestly, I would rather go to prison than pay $100,000 of debt for the rest of my life"

1. a felony will get you a degree, but who will hire you?
2. get a degree in something profitable like computer science and your 100,000 dollar debt won't last that long.

#3 | Posted by klifferd at 2014-02-18 08:27 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

back in the good ol' days, you got your degree before you went to jail...

you got the fifth degree...

#4 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-02-18 04:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

Whatever happened to Prisoners getting free vocational training and college degrees going to those who weren't felons?

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2014-02-18 04:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

If they can provide a college education to these inmates for $5,000/year, why can't they do the same for those not in prison?

#6 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-02-18 06:04 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Who says crime doesn't pay.

Knowing how politics works, the NY education department needs new enrollees to make of the the drop in the private sector.

#7 | Posted by Ray at 2014-02-18 06:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

If I win one of the proposals I've recently submitted I may get my PhD for leading the research projects.

#8 | Posted by reitze at 2014-02-19 12:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

If they can provide a college education to these inmates for $5,000/year, why can't they do the same for those not in prison?
#6 | Posted by nutcase

Because those not in prison aren't an on-the-books cost in need of reduction.

(I'm not saying that answer is satisfactory, but from a bean counter's perspective, there you have it.)

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-02-19 12:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

"1. a felony will get you a degree, but who will hire you?"

More quickly will they hire such than they will an honest idealist in business and banking. In fact, send your resume to whichever party is in power in your state and you will be gratified how they want to be 'humanitarian' and propose a second chance.

#10 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-19 03:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

"1. a felony will get you a degree, but who will hire you?"

The government used to provide a tax credit for hiring felons.

#11 | Posted by 726 at 2014-02-19 11:54 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Maybe we should provide training to convicted robbers to get their PMP certification (PMP=Project Management Professional) so they can be more effective next time after they get out.

#12 | Posted by path at 2014-02-19 01:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

"They will love you in the big house you lazy sack of..."

Ya, because the one thing people have in prison is a burning desire to work and put forth effort...retard. Prisoners frown upon "lazy" individuals you are disgusted at the fact they're paying $100,000 for an education while those that can't get along in a civilized society pay nothing.

Wtf is wrong with you, fool?

#13 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-02-19 01:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

Who are, not "you are"

#14 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-02-19 01:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

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