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Upstate DA Likes 'Free College For Convicts'

Albany County District Attorney David Soares

Albany County DA David Soares tells the Albany Times Union he backs Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently announced plan to fund college degree programs for prisoners.

Soares told the newspaper he understands the "visceral anger" voiced by some. But adds that helping inmates repair their lives makes all of society safer by reducing recidivism rates. Quote:     “I think the emotional reaction is going to be one of resentment. But the pragmatic reaction should be that this should be an opportunity to improve public safety.”


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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