A 3-year prison sentence for boosting cars may soon boost some prisoners’ careers.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing free college courses be offered to inmates in 10 prisons.
Cuomo says it costs taxpayers about $60,000 per year to incarcerate a prisoner, and a college education would add about $5,000 more per year.
According to Cuomo, it will save the state money to educate prisoners because those who get a college education while behind bars will be less likely to return to prison.
It would be even cheaper to not have prisons at all.
Cuomo, in a presentation to the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, said 40 percent of released prisoners without college degrees return to prison at some point. Those who earn college degrees through a