August 7, 2017 |
The Manhattan DA’s office is donating $7.3 million to college education and reentry services in state prisons — which will serve 2,500 inmates over the next five years, officials said Monday.
DA Cyrus Vance Jr. will use money collected during prosecutions for the initiative, boosting a program that currently relies on mostly private donations, the office said.
“It makes no sense to send someone to prison with no pathway for them to succeed when they get out,” Vance said in a statement.
The office’s initiative, dubbed the College-in-Prison Reentry Program, will increase the number of inmates receiving educations by 500 to 600 per year.