Ending Ban on Pell Grants for Prisoners Is Said to Yield ‘Cascade’ of Benefits
Emma Pettit, The Chronicle of Higher Education
For 25 years, almost no pathway has existed for incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants. A new report says that reopening this pathway would allow hundreds of thousands of people to take college courses, creating “a cascade of economic benefits.
The report from Georgetown Law School’s Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Vera Institute of Justice describes a domino effect: With access to Pell Grants, more incarcerated people could afford to take college classes while in prison. When they are released, they’d be less likely to reoffend and more likely to look for work. Businesses would have a larger pool of potential job applicants, the report says, and more former prisoners would get better-paying jobs.