Key Senators Back Restoring Prison Pell Grants

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he was open to re-examining Pell grants for prisoners, which were banned in the 1994 crime law passed under President Bill Clinton. If reinstated, millions of dollars would be made available to eligible students in the prison population of 1.5 million.

Federal Prisons Faced With Severe Guard Shortage

Hundreds of secretaries, teachers, counselors, cooks and medical staffers have been tapped to fill guard posts in federal prisons because of acute officer shortages and overtime limits. The moves were made despite repeated warnings that the assignments put unprepared employees at risk.

Texas Will Put Air Conditioning in Hot Prison

To settle a lawsuit by inmates, the state of Texas will install air conditioning in a notoriously hot prison. The air conditioning will go into the housing areas of the Wallace Pack Unit, where temperatures regularly exceed 100 degrees in the summer. Inmates argued that high temperatures amount to cruel and unusual punishment.