The Obama administration announced that Pell Grants will be awarded to incarcerated students for the first time in 20 years as part of a new pilot program.
Former prisoners Glenn Martin, founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA, and Vivian Nixon, executive director of the College and Community Fellowship, talk about their work advocating for more access to education for prisoners through the Education from the Inside Out Coalition they founded.
Anyone who meets income req is eligible for Pell Grant. If you see education as human right, ppl in prison have that right. @feedingfaith— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) August 3, 2015
Pell Grants for prisoners isn't a 0-sum game explains, @feedingfaith. Federal gov't adjusts budget to meet need for every eligible student.— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) August 3, 2015
@BrianLehrer this wouldn't be an issue if we didn't see prisoners as second class citizens. Non prisoners get full rides & no one complains— Autogyne Ophelia (@transfaerie) August 3, 2015
.@glennEmartin: criminal justice system disproportionately affects specific races. Barriers act as surrogate for race-based discrimination.— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) August 3, 2015