Educational and Vocational Programs in New York State Prisons

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Academic and vocational programs inside of prisons have the power to transform lives. They can inspire tremendous personal growth, and empower their participants to become leaders, teachers, and role models for other people in prison and in their home communities. Moreover, they have been shown to increase opportunities for employment and overall success upon release.

Despite their enormous potential, New York has seen a significant reduction in staffing and resource allocation for these programs. Individuals’ abilities to participate are limited, vocational and college programs are being closed, and support for peer-run initiatives has declined.

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