Colleges and universities, charitable and educational foundations, and several companies are investing in a song of new courses or certificate and certificate services for imprisoned students and previously imprisoned.

Growth in higher education of prison and opportunities for workforce training comes on the heels of a sea, change this academic year for all students, including prison. The murder of George Floyd last summer and protests that followed the leaders of education higher to reexamine their criminal justice programs, campus police practices and initiatives to recruit and retain color students. The pandemic extinguished the instruction in person at the universities, including the prison programs of the University, since Coronavirus infections would tear through the superpopulated prisons and led to the early liberation of thousands of inmates.

Some advocates for higher education in prison see this national moment as a possible turning point to expand the educational opportunities available for current and earlier inmates. In December, congress legislators charged access to federal financial aid for imprisoned students after a ban-ban. The decision was the result of bipartisan efforts to expand education opportunities for inmates and build a previous initiative that allowed students imprisoned in some university prison programs to receive federal financial assistance. The initiative began under the Obama administration and was extended under the Trump administration.

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