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Education in our prisons

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In March of 2021, Congress reversed a policy banning prisoners from pursuing degrees with federal funds. Prisons are now reintroducing education programs for incarcerated individuals. In this hour, we’ll address how these programs are being reconstructed and the role education plays in prisoners’ lives.


  • Taylor Swaak, reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Donald Washington Jr., contributing writer for The Marshall Project, graduate of prison higher ed. program
  • Mary Thomas, co-director of the Ohio Prison Education Exchange Program
  • Cheryl Taylor, chief officer of the Citizens Re-entering the Workforce Program, Sinclair Community College

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