A new report from Ithaka S+R attempts to survey the landscape for postsecondary education in prisons. As did another recently released paper, the report describes a “watershed moment” for prison-based college programs, noting many challenges and precautions amid bipartisan support for expanding such programs.
Several members of the U.S. Congress and the Trump administration have said they support dropping a ban on incarcerated students receiving federal Pell Grants.
“Unique challenges aside, many of the issues important to improving postsecondary educational attainment across American higher education are also relevant to improving outcomes for incarcerated students,” Catharine Bond Hill, managing director of Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit research group, said in a written statement. “What should be the balance between a liberal education and coursework more directly focused on