Currently, NYS Dept of Corrections & Community Services is planning on shutting down a highly successful program called the Merle Cooper Program. Prisoners have to apply to get into this program, so those in the program are really trying to change.
Unfortunately, there has been a loss of federal funding. I do not know if the funding was specific to this program, or to the DOCCS budget overall and this is an area they decided to cut, however, either way, this program SHOULD NOT be cut.
The best way to be “tough on crime” is to eliminate it – and programs like this really reduce recidivism, helping to eliminate future crime. Please look up information on the Merle Cooper Program if you want, and then sign this petition if you agree that it is a program worth saving. Thank you!
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