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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/u...prisoners.html

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Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said the committee would consider reinstating the federal financial aid grants in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act currently underway.
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I wouldn't hold my breath considering the administration,s take on prison, crime, and punishment. Shame really, because education works better than just about anything else prisons have going for them.
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I can hardly argue in favor of optimism but it's noteworthy that there's Republican support.

Elaborating on yourself's doubts, most things die in committee and this one isn't actually hatched yet. The odds are long even for an actual amendment to the HEA and "open to re-examining" isn't even close to that much.
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Itís more likely that this Gov would deliver compared the others false promises and zero delivery.
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Itís more likely that this Gov would deliver compared the others false promises and zero delivery.
Considering that "this Gov" hasn't delivered much so far except for generous tax breaks for the rich, if anything it has been trying to scale back government benefits across the board, so I wouldn't hold my breath here...
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I just saw this article this morning
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/06/o...education.html
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Well, that gives me another thing to call one of my Senators about. I'm from WA and one of my senators is on the committee "considering" Pell grants. She's the minority ranking member in fact.
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I just saw this article this morning
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/06/o...education.html
It really does make so much sense.

A 43% reduction in recidivism. 13% increase in likelihood of finding a job once prisoners get out.

So many high school drop-outs in there (myself included both times), the correlation between lack of education and crime is truly staggering...

Providing higher education to prisoners inside would be the the ultimate investment, and most cost-effective way of closing the revolving door of repeat customers. It would truly pay for itself in less than a decade, and the dividends would only compound over time.

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Here's some more about the opposition now.

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2...lege-in-prison

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Unless lawmakers reverse the 1994 ban or the Department of Education gives a new go-ahead, many of the roughly 4,000 inmates currently enrolled in a Pell-funded program are likely to lose access to college classes and vocational training at the end of the year.
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