David Condliffe, Executive Director of the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), praised New York Governor Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance for Monday’s announcement that they will create the College-in-Prison Reentry Program, an award of $7.3 million in grants over five years to fund educational programming and reentry services in 17 New York State prisons.
The Program seeks to acknowledge a principle that has long-driven CCA’s reentry efforts: successful return from prison must be accompanied by opportunities for economic and community engagement. Investing in educational programming for people in prison reduces recidivism and builds safer communities. Initiatives like this also further statewide economic growth, generating a prepared and qualified workforce, reducing poverty, and reinforcing the value of education for New York families. “Access to college for all should be for all, including people in prison, because education is foundational to our democracy,” says Condliffe.