Making it Easier for the Formerly Incarcerated to Secure a College Education
June 28, 2021 In the Press
In December, Congress restored Pell grants for currently and formerly incarcerated students, opening up greater opportunities for college education.
For The Nation, David L. Kirp explores the benefits of making it easier for the formerly incarcerated to gain a college education. He writes,
Building the prison-to-college pipeline is also a boon to the public. Taxpayers save a boatload—a year in prison costs more than a year at Harvard. What’s more, securing a college education for the formerly incarcerated can break intergenerational cycles of poverty and crime. Yet only 4 percent of this population, seven times less than the general public, earn a college degree.