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Kids Before Cons Act Aims to Fight Pell Grants for Prisoners

Without grants, scholarships or private money to pay for courses or colleges willing to waive all fees and send their staff to teach behind bars, earning degrees in prison is nearly impossible. But proponents tout the long-term payoff: According to a 2013 RAND Corporation study paid for by the Justice Department, every dollar invested in prison education programs saves $4 to $5 on incarceration costs down the road. That study also found that prisoners who participate in education programs are 43 percent less likely than non-participants to return to prison within three years, and 13 percent more likely to have jobs upon their release.