The Institute for Higher Education Policy on Monday praised President Barack Obama’s proposal to make Pell Grants available for non-violent prisoners to pay for a college education.
One in every 31 U.S. adults are under some form of correctional control. But the policy institute’s researchers, who recently conducted a national study on postsecondary education in state prisons, report that education for incarcerated persons would reduce the rate at which former inmates return to prison.
Federal aid for inmates hasn’t been allowed for 20 years.
“The incarcerated population consists of people in critical need of education to improve their post-release opportunities for employment and participation in civil society,” the institute says in Monday’s statement.