After the Pell Ban
Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
When Congress lifted the ban on Pell Grant eligibility for people in prison at the end of 2020, advocates and practitioners called the decision monumental. They say much of the credit for the victory goes to formerly incarcerated people who have demonstrated the value of an education and human potential for change.
But the effort to expand higher education in prison isn’t over. And the end of the ban has brought on new concerns about low-quality programs, implementation, and equity.