Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prisonprovides college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women to help them make a positive impact on their own lives, their families and communities, resulting in lower rates of recidivism, incarceration and poverty.
In the past 19 years, Hudson Link has awarded over 534 degrees through eight colleges and six correctional facilities. Hudson Link’s astonishingly low recidivism rate of less than 4% – compared to over 67% nationwide – is proof that the transformative power of education is far more cost effective than prison. Our graduates successfully rejoin their families and communities, obtaining meaningful employment and living healthy, productive lives.
At a cost of $60,000 per year to incarcerate a single person compared with $5,000 in annual tuition fees to educate them, Hudson Link’s programs have saved New York State taxpayers over $21 million per year – and that number continues to increase.