Election 2020

Postsecondary Education in Prison

Postsecondary education opportunities for incarcerated people

Reinstate Pell Grant eligibility for people pursuing postsecondary education while in prison.

We should immediately reinstate federal Pell Grant eligibility for all people in prisons. Postsecondary educational opportunities in prisons decreased precipitously after the 1994 Crime Bill ended Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated students. Providing more access to postsecondary education in prison is a sound investment in our future, as it improves safety, sparks opportunity, and increases racial equity.

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Series: Target 2020

Postsecondary Education in Prison is a Racial Equity Strategy

Consider who is most impacted by mass incarceration: Black people make up 13 percent of the country’s population, but more than one-third of people in prison. Latinx people constitute 18.5 percent of the country’s population, but account for 23.4 percent of people in prison. Currently, one in three Black men without a high school diploma or GED wil ...

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  • Margaret diZerega
    Margaret diZerega
  • George Chochos
    George Chochos
July 14, 2020
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Series: Target 2020

Voters in Battleground States Favor Restoring Pell Grants for People in Prison

These battleground state voters seem to understand that reinstating Pell eligibility for the greatest number of people in prison is a sound investment in our future. Plenty of other influential voices agree. Bipartisan momentum to get rid of the Pell ban for people in prison has been growing steadily: Since early 2019, the Association of State Cor ...

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  • Margaret diZerega
    Margaret diZerega
September 29, 2020
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