New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Weekend church service at the Wilborn Temple on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

In an effort to combat the cycle of recidivism, the NY Governor Andrew Cuomo made a bold move.  Last month, at the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus the Governor announced the launch of a program for the incarcerated offering them opportunities to take college courses and obtain an associates or bachelors degrees.

“Giving men and women in prison the opportunity to earn a college degree costs our state less and benefits our society more,” Cuomo said in a statement.

This is not a new concept. As a matter of fact in the 90’s the state and federal trends lead to the removal of many such prison programs across the country.  For more information about this initiative go to NYDailyNews.com.