Congress knee-jerked the U.S. into the Tough on Crime era, Pres. Clinton signed a law prohibiting inmates from access to essential Pell grants for education. Only 1/10th of 1% of all Pell grants went to inmates, and no non-imprisoned student was ever denied a grant because of reduced funding. But the law did go into effect and has stayed law all these years. Sen. Cory Booker and his thinking colleagues may undo that self-defeating policy.
Enter federal inmates Christopher Zoukis’ remarkable Education Behind Bars (Sunbury Press, 2012). This thick book brims with information that inmates need to begin and further their education. It offers compendiums of schools, addresses, and much-needed information. (Full book reviewed here, on blog page for Book Reviews).
Let’s hope we return to sanity. As Mr. Zoukis points out, educating inmates is a win-win: society, prison families, prison officials, colleges, and the inmates themselves.