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Incarcerated Students Will Have Access to Pell Grants Again. What Happens Now?

Incarcerated people earn pennies per hour for the work they do in prison, so Pell Grants, their primary source of need-based financial aid, had made it possible for students to access higher education. The 1994 crime bill stripped incarcerated students of Pell Grant eligibility, making a college education practically unattainable. In the following ...

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March 04, 2021
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  • Annie Chen
    Annie Chen
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    Melissa Garlick
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Three New Bills Could Advance Immigrant Justice in Maryland

  • Erica Bryant
    Erica Bryant
March 03, 2021

Immigration Courts Are Acting Like Business as Usual During the Pandemic, with Dire Consequences

  • Aaron Stagoff-Belfort
    Aaron Stagoff-Belfort
  • Clinique Chapman
    Clinique Chapman
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Vaccine Hesitancy Is Fueling the Pandemic in Jails, Prisons, and Communities

  • Julian, a New York Immigrant Family Unity Project client
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Even after I Won My Case, ICE Wouldn’t Let Me Go until My Lawyer Intervened

  • Jacqueline Altamirano Marin
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  • Destiny Carter
February 23, 2021

Illinois Bill Makes History, Highlights Criminalization-to-Homelessness Pipeline

  • Erica Bryant
    Erica Bryant
February 09, 2021

Immigrants Facing Deportation Do Not Have the Right to a Publicly Funded Attorney. Here's How to Change That.

  • Insha Rahman
    Insha Rahman
  • Alison Shih
    Alison Shih
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Black and Grassroots Advocates Help Illinois Make History with Bill to End Money Bail

  • Lucila Figueroa
    Lucila Figueroa
  • Nina Siulc
    Nina Siulc
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It’s Time to Provide Government-Funded Lawyers to All Immigrants Facing Deportation

  • Kica Matos
    Kica Matos
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    What the Capitol Riots Mean for the Future of Our Democracy

    • Chris Mai
      Chris Mai
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    People Need Relief from Court Fines and Fees—Even Beyond the Current Recession

    • Jamila Hodge
      Jamila Hodge
    • Akhi Johnson
      Akhi Johnson
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      Ending Pretextual Stops is an Important Step toward Racial Justice

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        Hayne Yoon
      • Elle Teshima
        Elle Teshima
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        Vera Calls on President-Elect Biden to Prioritize Immigration and Criminal Justice Policies in First 100 Days