From the Saint Cloud Times :
Arthur Rizer, director of criminal justice and civil liberties policy for the R Street Institute, said the “iron is hot” and ending the ban would be a positive way to change the criminal justice system.
Prisoners who participate in post-secondary education programs are less likely to return to prison, lowering incarceration costs. But only 9 percent of incarcerated people in the U.S. complete a post-secondary program in prison, according to the report.
Providing people with post-secondary education opportunities in prisons also means people are more likely to find jobs upon re-entry and earn better wages.
“The simple fact is education is transformative. We know that,” Rizer said.
- “Saint Cloud Times”: https://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2019/01/24/minnesota-prisoner-pell-grant-federal-ban-5-million-dollars-annually/2650151002/