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Why Aren’t We Spending More on Prisoner Education?

Every dollar invested in correctional education reduces future criminal justice costs by five dollars. But despite studies bearing this out, policymakers hesitate even to revive programs that were scrapped in the tough-on-crime era, says a leading prison reformer. 


College Behind Bars

The Obama Administration has ruled that young people incarcerated in any of the 2,500 local, county, state and federal juveniles-only group homes, mental health treatment and locked-down detention facilities are now eligible to apply for federal dollars set aside to help low-income students pay for college.


Re-Inventing College for Prisons

At the height of the tough-on-crime era in the mid-1990s, prisoners in New York State seeking access to college-level courses were dealt a one-two punch that seemed to deliver a crushing blow to inmate higher education. When then-President Bill Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1994, he revoked inmate access to federal Pell grants. In 1995, New York Governor George Pataki followed suit, eliminating Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding for prisoners in the state. For […]