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More college classes offered to NY state prisoners

August 8, 2017

Bruce Levitt, Performing and Media Arts professor and faculty director of the Cornell Prison Education Program, is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article regarding a New York state grant program to provide college classes to state-prison inmates. 

Cornell University is among the seven institutions that will receive a portion of the $7.3 million grant over the next five years. The program "is funded through criminal-asset forfeiture funds seized by the Manhattan district attorney’s office" and will serve about 600 inmates per year at 17 prisons.

The funding will help expand the Cornell Prison Education Program. Levitt notes that “Ninety-five percent of the people incarcerated in this country are coming home. The question is: How do you want them to be when they come home?” 

Read the entire Wall Street Journal article here

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