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    Making education easier for Utah prisoners would make the community safer |Opinion

    Alongside a wonderful team, we direct the University of Utah Prison Education project. We provide on-site coursework and programming to incarcerated adults at the Utah State Prison in Draper and work closely with faculty and student volunteers from a diverse range of institutions in our state, including Brigham Young University, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, and Westminster College. We are an all-volunteer initiative, and we are currently unable to meet demand. In fact, the unmet need in our state is tremendous. There are over 200 youth incarcerated in 11 detention facilities in Utah and over 13,000 adults…

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    Financial Aid Is Restored for Prisoners in the Education Plan That’s Tucked Into the Stimulus Bill

    Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the ranking Democrat on the Education Committee, said the simplification, coupled with other technical fixes she helped negotiate, made the financial aid process easier to navigate for students experiencing homelessness and for students formerly in foster care. “As the pandemic and economic recession has made it even more difficult for students to afford and continue college,” Ms. Murray said in a statement, “I’m proud we have taken important strides to make our financial aid process work better.” Democrats also pushed for historically Black colleges and universities to be freed of more than $1.3 billion in federal loans that they took out for capital improvement projects,…

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