Law-abiding students have every right to be outraged when a Pell grant for a policeman’s child is cut but a criminal that the officer sends to prison can still get a big check.
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A group of six Congressional Democrats has introduced a bill in Congress that would allow state and federal prisoners to receive Pell Grants for a college education, even while incarcerated.
The Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act would revoke Congress’s 1994 ban on providing Pell Grants to prisoners. Advocates say improving educational access will help with rehabilitation while also lowering recidivism rates.