New York boosts post-prison support fund in ongoing recidivism reduction effort

CAPITAL REGION, NY (WRGB) — Oudahsa Gause of Albany knows what it means to start over.

“Learning to re-adjust to the outside again, inside of prison you're closed in, so nothing matters; the biggest issues don't matter but coming home and trying to set up a whole life all over again,” she said.

Gause was released from prison in 2023 after serving four years on gun possession charges stemming from an arrest back in 2019. Like other New Yorkers, she was handed $40 from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision when released.