Congress should restore Pell Grant eligibility to incarcerated individuals

July 24, 2019 | The Hill

In March 2001, I walked out of New York State’s Albion Correctional Facility with the clothes on my back, $40.00 and a bus ticket. I left prison filled with fear of the future. Back then, I didn’t imagine my life’s work would include undoing policies and practices that nearly guaranteed my 3.5-to-7-year sentence would result in a lifetime of dead-ends.

Flash forward to this month, when I was honored by the invitation to speak at the Vera Institute’s convening to evaluate the Second Chance Pell pilot program, also attended by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

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