Colleges Face Political Opposition in Renewed Efforts to Educate Prisoners

Colleges Face Political Opposition 
in Renewed Efforts to Educate Prisoners 1

Bard Prison Initiative

Inmates at six prisons in 
New York can earn degrees through a program operated 
by Bard College.

When Andrew M. Cuomo, governor of New York, proposed in February spending about $1-million of the state’s annual $140-billion budget to help give prisoners access to a college education, he may not have expected a bipartisan backlash. But that’s what he got.

On April 1, during a news conference to discuss the state’s budget, Mr. Cuomo said he would no longer pursue public money for degree-granting college programs in penitentiaries. He cited opposition from both