Legal Aid Chief Attorney Supports Governor's Plan To Provide Educational Opportunities In New York State Prisons

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new plan to provide educational opportunities in New York State prisons. In response, The Legal Aid Society issued the following statement:

"The Governor's plan to provide educational opportunities in prisons is an important step forward to enable New Yorkers to reintegrate into our communities and find work when they are released. From both a public safety standpoint and an economic standpoint, it makes sense to provide access to education in prisons so that when they are released from correctional facilities New Yorkers have the ability to lead productive lives and thereby avoid repeat offenses," said Steven Banks, the Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, the nation's oldest and largest law firm for low-income families and individuals, which annually handles some 300,000 individual cases for New Yorkers who have criminal, civil, or juvenile rights legal problems in all five boroughs of New York City.