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Tkaczyk opposes governor’s plan to offer free college to prisoners

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State Sen. Ceclia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, has joined a growing chorus of legislators opposing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to provide free college classes to state prisoners. Tkaczyk, the former chairwoman of the Duanesburg Central School District’s Board of Education, said the taxpayer dollars needed to implement Cuomo’s plan would be better allocated in the state’s public education system. She said schools in her district are already facing budgetary shortfalls that are affecting students. “At a time ...

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March 22, 2014
2:23 p.m.

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“While this policy may be well- intentioned, I cannot support an initiative that would divert essential funds away from students in good standing and their families and deny them the quality education,” she said.

It's quite apparent to me that Senator Tkacyzk is more concerned with her re-election bid than this issue as she waited two months to rebuke the Governor's proposal. Offering this program to inmates doesn't deny anyone a quality education. In-fact the students in good standing have many more options for advancing their education than inmates do. Offering an education to inmates has a proven track record of significantly reducing recidivism when it's been applied, it's not just some well intentioned policy as Tkacyzk states.

I like Sen. Tkaczyk. Since squeaking into office, she has done an admirable job. Although it's disappointing to see her use this issue as a fig leaf to hid behind to show voters that she and some democrats are tough on crime. Cuomo's proposal is about being smart on crime. Recidivism has been a huge problem in New York and offering an education to inmates directly impacts whether they return to prison and a life of crime.