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Bring Back Pell Grants for Prisoners

Bring Back Pell Grants for Prisoners

Cynthia Kaufman

When I was in working on my PhD in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I paid for part of my education by teaching in prison. For me it was an incredibly rewarding experience. It was great working these students who had time to read and think, and wonder in the deep ways that philosophy encourages. On the first day of my first political philosophy class, as we sat down to read Plato's Republic, I started by saying that the book was about the nature of justice.

Thanks, Cynthia. The case you make for more educational access for prisoners is a powerful one. Perhaps after the “First Step Act” we can continue with a “Next Step Act” that will include some common sense remedies for the revolving door system. While most politicians and business people are keenly aware of return on investment, they sadly fail to accept the well documented R.O.I. of this and many social programs going forward.