Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo (New York) canceled his innovative plan to offer basic college education programs to state prisoners.  The cancellation was the result of vociferous opposition from other New York State lawmakers.  Once again, politics trumped common sense.

It’s been proven that prison education effectively rehabilitates convicts.  This results in reduced recidivism and lowers the costs associated with housing and feeding prisoners, which in some states is over $100,000 per year.  In other words, prison education saves taxpayers money — billions of dollars.  And it changes lives.

Unfortunately, prison education is a controversial and emotional topic for many people.  Until people can bring themselves to view the subject dispassionately, more and more money will be funneled into warehousing criminals.

Read more about Governor Cuomo’s plan here.

About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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