When Jose Bou was serving a 12-year sentence for trafficking cocaine at MCI-Norfolk, few things gave him hope.Bou, now 43, had been caught up in the criminal justice system since his first arrest at 16. Stints in and out of prison seemed inevitable, he told reporters during a teleconference about the federal ban on Pell Grants for prisoners on Tuesday.A joint study by the Georgetown Center of Poverty and Inequality and the Vera Institute of Justice released Wednesday showed the possible economic benefits of lifting the ban on Pell Grants for the incarcerated. The study was funded by the Vera Institute of Justice.Researchers held up Bou as an example of the positive influence education can have on prisoners.“As I was getting educated something happened,” he said. “I wanted to be part of something bigger. By the time I started my second semester I was done doing time.”Bou’s classes, attended by 12 men in the prison, showed him a way toward reinvention, and … [Read more...] about Study shows lifting ban on federal Pell Grants would be ‘transformative’ for inmates and benefit the economy
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HEATHROW, Fla. â Sen. Rick Scott is working to come up with solutions for the high cost of college. Scott is on a higher education listening tour across the state Scott hopes to working to find solution to cut student debt Senator to look at policies on Pell Grants, other financial aid His listening tour took a stop in Central Florida on Thursday, at Seminole State College's Heathrow campus, to hear what students' concerns. Scott says heâs aware that rising student loan debt is a big problem in this country. According to the Federal Reserve, it's up to $1.6 trillion. Scott wants the government to help. âI want to take these ideas back and see what I can do at the federal level,â Scott said. Students told Scott that paying for college is a struggle for them and their classmates. âItâs not just paying for courses, paying for textbooks. Itâs paying for … [Read more...] about Sen. Rick Scott to Look at Pell Grant, Financial Aid Policies
opinion Heidi Washington and John Wetzel Opinion contributors Published 7:39 PM EST Dec 21, 2018 President Donald Trump signing the FIRST STEP Act into law Friday marks a turning point in criminal justice reform that’s been years in the making. Still, as the law's name suggests, the effort to reform our criminal justice system is not over. We believe Congress has an opportunity to build upon the new, bipartisan consensus on evidence-based criminal justice reforms by moving to secure a long-sought goal among reformers: repealing the ban on Pell Grants for people in prison. In recent years, state and federal legislators have made headway in enacting policy reforms that are intended to address barriers to reentry outside prisons’ walls. Those evidence-based reforms are contributing to the decline in recidivism rates that the U.S. has seen in state prisons over the past decade or so. Read more commentary: COLUMN:FIRST STEP Act must be … [Read more...] about FIRST STEP raises bar on reform, ending Pell Grants ban becomes imperative
Democrats in the Minnesota House want to give more state grant money to undocumented immigrants who are attending college but do not qualify for federal aid. Students who are not legal citizens can receive state grants but they do not qualify for federal Pell Grants. Under a proposal in the House higher education omnibus bill, undocumented students would be eligible for more state grant money to make up for the gap in federal aid. Students without a high school diploma would also benefit, as they do not qualify for Pell Grants. This could apply to students who were homeschooled or refugees who were not able to document their education. Currently, these students have their state grant award reduced by the amount of Pell Grant they are eligible for, even though they cannot claim it. “It’s a bigger burden for them to attend college and this (bill) helps fill and treat them like … all the other students in the state of Minnesota,” said state Rep. Connie Bernardy, … [Read more...] about MN Democrats want to give more state grant money to undocumented immigrant students
President Obama is moving toward reauthorizing Pell Grants for federal prison inmates as part of his broader push to overhaul the nation's prison system. Pell grants, federal funding for low-income Americans to attend college, was prohibited from going to federal prisoners in 1994. Prisoners had received $34 million in the year prior. The Wall Street Journal reported: Between the mid-1990s and 2013, the U.S. prison population doubled to about 1.6 million inmates, many of them repeat offenders, Justice Department figures show. Members of both parties—including President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky—have called for a broad examination of criminal justice, such as rewriting sentencing guidelines. A 2013 study by the Rand Corp. found that inmates who participated in education programs, including college courses, had significantly lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who didn’t. Some congressional Democrats … [Read more...] about Judge Nap on Tuition Grants for Inmates: Why Not Let the People Keep Their Money?