Few interventions have been shown to reduce recidivism and prepare people in prison to lead productive lives like access to quality postsecondary education and training (see RAND study findings below). Today’s OCTAE Connection is another reminder to the field about the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program available to institutions of higher education. The deadline for institutions to apply for this pilot program is October 2, 2015, for the 2016-17 academic year. Please share this with your postsecondary partners and Correctional Education colleagues.
The U.S. Dept of Education has been examining the idea of reinstitution Pell Grants for incarcerated students. The idea has generated controversy in the past, but seems to have good support -- and indeed appears to be moving forward -- from both legislators and the public. The excerpt below is from a May article written by Paul Fain for Inside Higher Education's online magazine.
"The U.S. Department of Education is poised to announce a limited exemption to the federal ban on prisoners receiving Pell Grants to attend college while they are incarcerated.
The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL), Office of Correctional Education (OCE) in the U.S. Department of Education has announced a GS-301-13 Program Specialist position.
OCTAE is currently seeking reviewers to evaluate discretionary grant applications for a reentry education grant competition to be announced later this spring. We are seeking individuals with expertise in one or more of: correctional education, adult education, project development and management, evaluation, and community-based organization (CBO) program management.