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Twenty-eight years ago, 62 incarcerated students at the Louisiana State Penitentiary received certificates in paralegal studies and computer technology. They were the last class to graduate before Congress eliminated prisoners' eligibility for Pell Grants.
The theme of trade-offs has come up often. Do you transfer to a prison on the opposite side of the state to participate in a college program? Do you delay your petition for resentencing so you can graduate before you get out?