Tags: Education | Law Enforcement | Sing Sing | prison | New York | graduation

Record 38 NYS Inmates Receive College Degrees

Image: Record 38 NYS Inmates Receive College Degrees
(AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 10:37 PM

Thirty-eight inmates at Sing Sing prison in Ossining, N.Y., received their college degree last Wednesday, making it the largest class in New York State correctional history, FiOS1 News reported.

Almost all were minorities, and mostly African-Americans, and their commencement was attended by Harry Belafonte and the singer Usher."

The odds are dramatically better for the 37 men here who received bachelor of behavioral-science degrees or associate's degrees conferred by Mercy College from nearby Dobbs Ferry," The Washington Post opinion columnist George Will wrote Wednesday. "Graduates from Sing Sing's Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison program have a 1 percent recidivism rate."

The Hudson Link program, established in 1998, is a nonprofit organization that provides college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women. Its executive director is Sean Pica, a 48-year-old who was incarcerated for 16 years on a manslaughter charge. His chase for a degree was halted when Congress in 1994 banned Pell grants for inmates.

The program was created with support from Doris Buffett, Warren Buffett's sister, and other donors. 

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
US
Thirty-eight inmates at Sing Sing prison in Ossining, N.Y., received their college degree last Wednesday, making it the largest class in New York State correctional history, FiOS1 News reported.
Sing Sing, prison, New York, graduation
179
2017-37-14
Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 10:37 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved