Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) recently introduced the Restoring Education and Higher learning (REAL) Act, which would restore access to Pell grants to currently incarcerated individuals. Extending Pell Grants to students incarcerated in state and federal penal institutions was common practice before the “tough on crime” agenda infatuated federal lawmakers in the early to mid 1990s. The wave of “tough on crime” legislation culminated in the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which denied Pell Grants to incarcerated individuals. The result was staggering, seeing educational programs inside of prisons falling from over 350 in 1990 to only 12 by 2005.
Restoring financial assistance for education of incarcerated individuals is a critical piece of criminal justice reform and we need your voices to help make it happen.
Please use the form below to contact your Representative today and urge them to support HR 2521 Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act of 2015.