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Students Behind Bars Regain Access to College Financial Aid
Restored Pell Grant eligibility means about 760,000 people in prisons could eventually afford higher education.
January 13, 2022
Biden Has Disappointed Many Prisoners and Guards. Now He Has a Chance to Do More.
A year after taking office, President Biden has yet to make good on key prison reform promises he made on the campaign trail.
April 11, 2019
Money Changed Everything for Me in Prison
“I am not evidence that the system ‘works.’ I am an outlier, dripping in luck.”
October 9, 2018
More Women Are Behind Bars Now. One Prison Wants to Change That.
Connecticut’s WORTH program uses therapy, classes and mentoring to try to keep women from coming back.
July 10, 2018
License to Clip
A movement to let the formerly incarcerated cut hair and drive taxis is gaining ground.
May 24, 2018
I Followed My Mom to Prison and to a Degree
“This is the path my life had to take so I could be strong.”
, as told to
April 5, 2018
Finding College by Way of Prison
“Taking classes helped me forget that I wasn’t free.”
, as told to
March 28, 2018
The Uncertain Fate of College in Prison
Obama revived Pell grants for prisoners, but the program faces a cloudy future.
March 14, 2018
The Recidivism Trap
Counting failure is no way to encourage success.
Jeffrey A. Butts
June 1, 2016
How a Police Detective Helps Inmates Prepare to Live on the Outside
A new documentary spotlights a program that reclaims lives through writing.