Charity of the week
The Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison (hudsonlink.org) was founded in 1998, after New York state eliminated college degree programs in its prisons. Believing that education is the key to reducing recidivism rates, the charity partners with eight colleges to offer accredited courses and associate and bachelor’s degrees in five correctional facilities across the state. The organization runs four programs designed to help inmates at every stage of their educational pursuits during and after incarceration, including an intensive one-year college prep course, and job search assistance to help them successfully transition back into society. Hudson Link has since awarded more than 700 degrees, and only 2 percent of the inmates it serves return to prison.
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