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Program to bring college courses to NY prisons

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the program Sunday. (Source: CNN) Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the program Sunday. (Source: CNN)

ALBANY, NY (CNN) - New York is launching a statewide program to fund college courses for inmates in prison.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Sunday, saying a similar program was successful before.

"In 1999, we tried something new. We had a bold idea. Why not incorporate education into the prison system?" Cuomo said. "But it was an ambitious idea, not just basic education, not just GED, why don't we teach college in prison?"

He continued, "Sounds like a bold idea, sounds almost crazy, doesn't it? Well, in 1999, there was a crazy student and a crazy college that said they were going to try it, and Bard College started to provide college courses in six maximum and medium security prisons across the state. And you know what happened? It worked."

The Bard College program was privately funded, and only four percent of the inmate-students became repeat offenders.

This new program will begin this fall, offering college-level courses at 10 New York prisons.

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