Can a College Education Solve the Nation’s Prison Crisis?
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Educatoin
SCI Muncy, in Central Pennsylvania, isn’t an educational institution. It’s a state correctional institution. The students in this classroom wear rust-colored uniforms, not college sweatshirts, and they have to pass through a metal detector to use the bathroom.
The women’s prison is part of a federal experiment to test whether providing a free college education to inmates can improve their behavior inside the prison, increase their odds of finding work when they’re out, and ultimately reduce recidivism. More than 60 colleges and 7,000 inmates are participating in the pilot, which has opened up the Pell Grant program to state and federal prisoners for the first time in more than 20 years.