In a bid to reduce recidivism rates Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan this weekend for the state to once again offer college-level courses to inmates. Cuomo debuted the plan during a church service tied to the Black, Puerto Rican Asian and Legislative Caucus. The majority of prisoners in New York are African American and Hispanic. Cuomo said that it costs the state $60,000 a year to house an inmate while the recidivism rate is 40 percent. The administration estimates it would cost $5,000 a year to provide an inmate with college courses. "Giving men and women in prison the opportunity to earn a college degree costs our state less and benefits our society more," said Cuomo.
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