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Reinstating Pell grants in prisons moves slowly after 26-year ban

Friday, November 17, 2023
Inside Higher Ed

Incarcerated students and their supporters celebrated when Congress lifted the 26-year ban on Pell Grants for people in prison, a decision that took effect in July. Many people expected college-in-prison programs to balloon, with higher ed institutions taking advantage of new Pell dollars to expand access to these efforts. But the reality is playing out differently, as corrections agencies and colleges encounter a slow and bureaucratic process of ensuring the quality of new or expanded programs and that they meet federal requirements.

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