In the past 21 years, Hudson Link has awarded over 700 degrees through eight colleges and five correctional facilities. Hudson Link’s astonishingly low recidivism rate of less than 2% – 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.
A Letter from Our Executive Director
When colleges started contingency planning, teachers started asking about cancellations, and board members started calling, there was only one thought that crossed my mind, “I need to get inside one more time.” I knew our students were panicking, and I knew it was only a matter of time before the scariest thing that could ever happen inside a prison would occur: silence.
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