Collins wants to bar federal money for prison college

Chris Collins

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Republican Congressman Chris Collins says he will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of federal money to provide college courses for convicted criminals.

The promised legislation comes days after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a program to offer associate’s and bachelor’s degree education at 10 state prisons. Cuomo says it will reduce the likelihood of inmates returning to crime.

Collins called the Cuomo plan “an insult to law abiding citizens.” He is among a number of Republicans publicly criticizing the proposal.

Cuomo says the program would save taxpayers in the long run by reducing the prison population. The state would spend up to $5,000 per year to help a prisoner get a college degree, but it costs $60,000 a year to house a prisoner. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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