Washington went to Baltimore once again on Friday, as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a new push to make federal grants that pay for college once again available to prisoners.
The Second Chance Pell pilot program will test new models that allow people who are incarcerated to receive money so they can take college courses while in jail. Pell grants were eliminated for prisoners in 1994 after legislators against the program won a debate over whether prisoners should be able to receive financial aid.
“Giving people who have made mistakes in their lives a chance to get back on track and become contributing members of society is fundamental to who we are – it can also be a cost-saver for taxpayers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Duncan gave his remarks at the offices of Goucher’s Prison Education Partnership, which offers college courses to 70 students at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women and the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup.
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