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SAY "NO" TO FREE COLLEGE FOR PRISONERS

6,966 Signatures Goal: 1,000



Governor Cuomo has recently announced his intention to give free college classes to individuals incarcerated in state prisons. I do not support this plan.

While I am in favor of rehabilitation and reduced recidivism of inmates, I cannot in good conscience support the Governor’s plan when so many individuals and families in New York are struggling to meet the ever-rising costs of higher education.

Cuomo's plan, announced during the recent Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus at the Capitol, would provide college-level education at 10 state prisons, at a cost to taxpayers of about $5,000 per inmate per year. There are an estimated 54,500 inmates currently confined in state prisons.

Instead, I am fighting to restore the availability of graduate-level Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funds for middle class taxpayers that was previously eliminated, and I will continue to fight for its reinstatement before I even begin to entertain the idea of supporting this program.

Thank you for joining me in opposition to the plan to give taxpayer-funded college to state prisoners.

We would like also note that there is a secondary petition that has been started outside of WNY. There are over 9,000 signatures as of March 23,2014 that petition can be found at http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/say-no-to-providing-prisoner

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  • Sandra Metzger
    Sandra Metzger United States, Ocala
    Mar 02, 2016
    Mar 02, 2016
    This is ludicrous when my grandchildren have to worry about funding a college education. The guidelines for financial aid are way off if my tax dollars are spent to aid lawbreakers but aren't available for hard working families who struggle to put their children through college
  • Ron an Jane Towner
    Ron an Jane Towner United States, Dansville
    Jan 13, 2016
    Jan 13, 2016
    offer only iwth plan for individuals to pay back like everyone else
  • Brian Shoemaker
    Brian Shoemaker United States, Duncansville
    Feb 20, 2015
    Feb 20, 2015
    FUCK THEM
  • Brian Shoemaker
    Feb 20, 2015
    Feb 20, 2015
    FUCK THEM
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