PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh wants back into the prison system. It’s looking to offer schooling to county prisons for the first time since 1995 as a way to not only help inmates, but also boost enrollment.
“I think higher education is a chance for opportunity for everyone,” said Clinton Community College’s John Mockry.
It’s been more than two decades since Mockry’s classroom was behind the walls at Clinton Correctional Facility. He says he saw first-hand how access to higher education could change inmates lives, while behind bars. “it gives them skills, it helps them get their foot in the door, it opens doors,” he said.