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Congressman Chris Collins is one of three representatives working to prevent federal tax dollars from going to provide free college education to prison inmates.

He along and two co-sponsors from New York have introduced the “Kids Before Cons” Act in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to reduce recidivism by providing college classes to inmates. The governor says it will save the state money because it’s 12 times more expensive to house an inmate for a year than to provide him or with education and skills in the hopes they don’t return to prison.

Collins has been outspoken in denouncing the initiative. The Kids Before Cons Act would see that no other states would be able to use federal funds for the program.

He and several other Republican leaders have called it an “insult” to law-abiding citizens.

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