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Departments of Justice and Education Address Pell Grants for Incarcerated Students in Op–Ed

In a new opinion editorial, Amy Solomon, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, and Dr. Amy Loyd, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education at the Department of Education, discuss the reinstatement of federal Pell Grants for incarcerated students, making them eligible to receive college financial aid. 

In their op-ed, Assistant Attorney General Solomon and Assistant Secretary Loyd commend the Pell Grant reinstatement and highlight the benefits of postsecondary education for incarcerated students, including finding jobs upon release, earning higher wages, supporting families and communities, and lower recidivism rates. They call on higher learning institutions and prison administrators to partner to create prison education programs.

"The reinstatement of federal Pell Grants is a game-changer, not just for people who are incarcerated, but for their families, our communities, our economy, and our country as a whole," write Solomon and Loyd." 

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Date Published: July 31, 2023