DOJ To Lift Ban On Pell Grants To Prisoners
July 31, 2015
The Department of Justice will lift the ban on Pell Grants for prisoners. The agency is starting a pilot program that will give a limited number of eligible incarcerated students the opportunity to receive federal funding for obtaining a bachelor’s or professional degree.
• The Department of Justice will lift the ban on Pell Grants for prisoners. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced today that the agency is starting a pilot program that will give a limited number of eligible incarcerated students the opportunity to receive federal funding for obtaining a bachelor’s or professional degree. “We know from research that incarcerated individuals who participate in correction programs are more likely to stay out of prison more likely to seek, gain, and maintain employment, and substantially more likely to remain crime-free,” Lynch said. With more than 600,000 individuals leaving state and federal institutions every year, lifting the ban on Pell Grants is an important step in ensuring people who have served their time are able to fully engage in society. [The Hill]
• A bitter fight over the dairy industry is souring high-level talks aimed at concluding a sweeping trade agreement among 12 pacific nations. U.S. and Canadian officials have quarreled in recent months over opening up Canada’s highly protected dairy industry, but the dispute has now spread to three of the other developed economies negotiating the agreement – Australia, Japan, and New Zealand. It is also directly weighing on the ability of trade ministers to reach an agreement this week on other sensitive issues, including the level of intellectual-property protection for pharmaceuticals, a priority for Washington. Dairy accounts for a small part of the total economic output of the countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but the industry’s farmers have outsized political influence in the developed countries wrangling over the issue. Canadian farmers have benefitted from tough tariffs on dairy imports, but New Zealand doesn’t want to sign a trade agreement that doesn’t include the ability to ship more dairy products, its biggest export. U.S. officials say it is possible the talks will be extended, with Congress taking up the trade agreement in the middle of the presidential election season next year. [WSJ]