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First on FiOS1 News: Inmates at Westchester Co. Jail, introduced criminal justice class

If students pass the class, they will receive acceptance letters to Manhattan College

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VAHALLA – Westchester County Jail and Manhattan College have introduced a criminal justice class for inmates. Four inmates are earning three-credits towards a chance to go to college after release. If the students pass the class, they will receive acceptance letters to Manhattan College on August 8.

"It leads them to a better life and leads them to have no reason to ever be back inside these walls," Westchester County Executive George Latimer said.

At 9 a.m. sharp, Professor Andrew Skotnicki starts the class.

"Experience is really the only thing that tells us something is true," Professor Manhattan College Andrew Skotnicki said.

When class dismisses, students go back to their cells behind bars at the Westchester County Jail. Student Ruben Paniagua said he has dreams of working in criminal justice

"It is challenging because it has to deal with people like us that are doing time and why people commit crimes and how the law is kind of unjust but at the same time focusing on how to rehabilitate people," Student inmate Ruben Paniagua said. "I’ll probably end up going back to school and doing one of these classes for my credits probably sign up for criminal justice and finish the whole class.”

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