The Cornell Prisoner Education Program is offered at Auburn Correctional Facility. Cornell offers classes and the credits can be applied toward associates degrees from Cayuga Community College. The program is privately funded.
Cornell University professor Mary Katzenstein talked to us via Skype on News 8 First at 4. She is an expert on prisons and recidivism.
Katzenstein has heard the critics.
"I totally understand that. I've heard it from friends of mine, students. I think what that doesn't reflect, what we don't understand when we think in these ways, is just how important this is as a public safety measure," she said. "This is an investment for all of us. People who come out of prison and come back to your neighborhood, my neighborhood, our communities, our towns and when they don't commit another crime, that's something that's in the interest of all of us. And it's inexpensive."
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