Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) introduced two bills to expand access to education for Americans with criminal records, whether they are in prison or applying to go back to school with a criminal record. “People with a criminal record should have the chance to learn or go back to school,” said Senator Schatz. “These bills target the barriers that make it harder for people to pursue a better life through higher education.”
The Promoting Reentry through Education in Prisons (PREP) Act is new legislation that would improve federal prison education by creating both an office within the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) focused on federal correctional education and a new program focused on partnerships between federal prisons and local education providers. It would also provide training and resources for state and local prisons to use in their own education programs.