California Aims for 'Prison-to-School' Pipeline to Improve Opportunity

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Bidhan Roy, a Cal State LA professor, teaches inmates participating in an undergraduate degree program. (J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

Five years ago, only one California prison, San Quentin, had a college program on site. Now, thanks to a change in state law, all but one prison in the state has such a program.  Forum talks about the opportunities and challenges that come with the rise of education services for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in California. And we'll talk about efforts to overturn a 1994 ban on federal Pell grants for people in prison which supporters say would improve the chances that those released from prison could avoid returning to a life behind bars.

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Guests:

Vanessa Rancaño, education reporter, The California Report

Rebecca Silbert, senior fellow, Opportunity Institute; director, Renewing Communities

Terance Williams, president, Associated Students at Laney College

Charlie Praphatananda, student, California State University, Los Angeles

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