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Progressive prison systems and educational institutions return college education to prison.

Studies show that about 37 percent of people in prison have not attained a high school diploma or GED; yet research demonstrates that incarcerated individuals who participate in college education programs are more likely to succeed and less likely to reoffend after release, and that prisons with such programs have fewer violent incidents.Margaret diZerega, “College in Prison: Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Incarcerated People,” Vera Institute of Justice; and Prison Studies Project, “Why Prison Education?,” Though prison education programs were largely eliminated following the 1994 crime bill ban on Pell Grants for people in prison, recently they have been regaining support.The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, H.R. 3355, Pub. L. 103–322; and Editorial Board, “Let Prisoners Learn While They Serve,” New York Times, August 16, 2017.