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Source: Inside Higher Ed

According to a new report by the Vera Institute of Justice and Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, postsecondary education programs lead to positive social and economic outcomes for prisoners and society.

Once educated, prisoners, upon release, are more likely to land employment and less likely to return to jail, according to the report.

Per the report, “restoring Pell Grant access to people in prison and rebuilding and expanding postsecondary education programs in prisons would yield far-reaching economic benefits.”

At least 64 percent of inmates are eligible to enroll in education while they are in prison, according to the report, while only 9 percent actually complete a college program, according to the report. Approximately 12,000 inmates are currently helped by the Second Chance Pell program.

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Report: Education for Prisoners Leads to Positive Social and Economic Outcomes