New America released a report on postsecondary education in prisons as more policymakers express interest in providing Pell Grants to incarcerated students.
The D.C.-based think tank’s recommendations include increasing the availability of education and job training in prisons; ensuring the programs lead to pathways for formal degrees; making education and job training programs part of the re-entry process; and reinstating Pell Grants to incarcerated populations.
A larger proportion of incarcerated adults have lower education levels than the general public, which could make re-entry and finding a stable job more difficult, the report says. Because 94 percent of those incarcerated in federal and state prisons will one day be released, the report says education is an important part of the rehabilitative process.
College-in-prison programs decreased dramatically after the