Give People in Prison a Life-Altering College Education
In New York, 43 percent of men and women released from prison will return to a cell within three years. Often because upon release, individuals are stigmatized for their worst days and live no better off than when they entered - sometimes worse. On top of the lack of change in the person, it costs the state of New York $60,000 to incarcerate one inmate for a year. That's a lot of money for not a lot of good.
The staff at Hudson Link have found based on powerful evidence and personal experience that a college degree is the key to opening up a new world of possibility. Education transforms lives, reduces recidivism, and creates a positive ripple effect in communities for everyone involved. Few other programs exist in the state that bridge college education and individuals in prison. But since 1998, Hudson Link has been run by formerly incarcerated and currently educated individuals to provide college degree-granting programs inside prisons. Their work empowers marred identities to transform themselves by leveraging education to gain confidence, dignity, and life-changing opportunity.
Hudson Link saves New York taxpayers over $21 million per year by taking the $60,000 incarceration cost per individual and dropping it to a $5,000 cost to educate one person per year. Having awarded over 500 degrees, Hudson Link's participants have a recidivism rate of 2 percent, compared to the national average of 43 percent.