The Value of Giving Prisoners an Education

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America's crackdown on crime is giving way to concern about the high-cost of mass incarceration. President Obama wants to give Pell Grants for college to inmates in prison — to find out if higher education makes them less likely to commit new crimes. Researchers say he already knows the answer.

Later on the program, we go inside a California prison class to hear what college-level education is like behind bars.



Warren Olney