FAMM, Education Trust to Discuss Second Chances Through the Restoration of Pell Grant Eligibility to Prisoners | FAMM


FAMM, Education Trust to Discuss Second Chances Through the Restoration of Pell Grant Eligibility to Prisoners

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The organizations will host an afternoon briefing on Capitol Hill on March 20.

Washington – FAMM and Education Trust will bring together corrections and education experts as well as former prisoners to discuss the need to reverse the Pell Grant ban and bring college funding and education back into our prisons. The briefing, “Second Chances for Students: Reducing Recidivism Through College Education,” will be held on March 20 on Capitol Hill.

“Second Chances for Students: Reducing Recidivism Through College Education”
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT
Russell Senate Office Building
2 Constitution Avenue Northeast
Room 325
Washington, DC 20002

Panelists include:
Heidi Washington, Director, Michigan Department of Corrections
John King, President and CEO, the Education Trust and 10th U.S. Secretary of Education
Gerard Robinson, Executive Director, the Center for Advancing Opportunity
Debi Campbell, Deputy Director of Storytelling and Family Outreach, FAMM
Hayne Yoon, Director of Government Affairs, the Vera Institute of Justice (Moderator)

With the recent passage of the First Step Act, FAMM is working toward the next step by urging Congress to reverse its 1994 ban on Pell Grants — a form of financial aid for college — for people in state and federal prisons. Incarcerated individuals who receive a college education while in prison have reduced rates of recidivism and improved reentry outcomes. Unfortunately, high college costs and limited programs leave far too many incarcerated students empty-handed. Since the start of the 116th Congress, FAMM has been hard at work advocating the repeal of the ban.

For nearly three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, and a range of stakeholders and advocates to fight for a more fair and effective justice system. FAMM’s focus on ending a one-size-fits-all punishment structure has led to reforms to sentencing and prison policies in 6 states and is paving the way to programs that support rehabilitation for the 94% of all prisoners who will return to our neighborhoods one day.


FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safeguard taxpayer dollars and keep our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM is helping transform America’s criminal justice system by uniting the voices of impacted families and individuals and elevating the issues all across the country.

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