By Gerard Robinson and Elizabeth English
On October 12, 29 prisoners and 45 Baltimore-area experts in criminal justice congregated in the Jessup Correctional Institution library. Most were members of the University of Baltimore community or other academics. All were eager to see the inauguration of a Department of Education pilot program
that could change the lives of participants for years to come.
In June 2016, the university was chosen among 67 colleges and universities
nationwide to participate
in the Obama administration’s $30 million Second Chance Pell Grant Experimental Sites Initiative
. Under the program, approximately 12,000 of America’s 2.2 million
incarcerated will receive federal aid to pursue a higher education. Upon release, they will retain the Pell funding to finish…