History

Explore Hudson Link's rich history and learn how we are helping to transform lives. Click on the left and right arrows or the decades at the bottom of the timeline to navigate through our history.
 

Our History 

 

Prior to 1994, there were more than 350 college programs inside U.S. prisons.  In 1994, Congress abolished Pell grants for all incarcerated persons.  New York State followed course, eliminating all college degree programs at New York State correctional facilities.  Based on evidence that education transforms lives and greatly reduces recidivism, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison was formed in 1998 by a consortium of Sing Sing inmates, college educators and community leaders.   From inception, Hudson Link’s programs and services are entirely funded by private funding. 

 

In 2001 Hudson Link sponsored its first graduation at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.  Seventeen students received a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management granted by Nyack College.  Currently, Hudson Link serves five facilities in New York State including:  Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Sullivan Correctional Facility, Fishkill Correctional Facility, Greene Correctional Facility and Taconic Women’s Correctional Facility.  Each of these five facilities offers a college preparatory course, life skills development courses, and college level courses sponsored by Nyack College, Mercy College, SUNY Sullivan, Vassar College and Siena College.  Recently, Hudson Link has increased services and programs for released Hudson Link alumni.   

 

Our Mission

 

Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison provides college education, life skills and re-entry support to 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.