Repeal of 1990s policy could transform prison education in New York

Times Union: The efficacy of post-secondary education on reducing recidivism is well-documented, but since the mid-1990s, laws preventing inmates from accessing state and federal grants have curbed educational opportunities for incarcerated New Yorkers.

The issue is getting play on the 2020 stage: U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is among several Democratic presidential contenders who have either co-sponsored or stated support for the bipartisan Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act, which would permanently restore Pell funding for inmates, Inside Higher Ed reports.

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