The 1994 crime bill passed by the United States Congress explicitly prohibited inmates from receiving Pell grants by stating: “No basic grant shall be awarded…to any individual who is incarcerated in any Federal or State penal institution (Korte, 2016). Surely people who break laws of a system should be punished. However, the system should too provide an opportunity to rehabilitate and restore! Surely the prisoners will eventually come home to roost.
Korte, G. (2016). Pell grants for prisoners: Obama to give inmates a second chance at college. Retrieved from USATODAY.com/story/news/politics/2016