US News: Hundreds of Oklahoma Inmates Using Federal Funds for College

Inmates who take education classes have a 43% lower likelihood of reincarceration, along with a 13% higher chance of getting a job, according to a report by the RAND Corporation.

Less than 5% students in the Tulsa Community College program return to prison, according to data from the college.

An Oklahoma inmate can also have their sentence reduced for earning college credits. Completing an associate degree can reduce a sentence by about one year.

But in a state where prisons are over capacity and one out of every 10 children has been separated from an incarcerated parent, only three Oklahoma prisons offer college courses.

Just a few colleges work in Oklahoma prisons because of a ban on inmates accessing Pell Grants, which are federal funds that low-income students can use for college tuition.

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