An estimated 200,000 people in prison have federal student loans. The Department of Education should ask the Department of Justice to direct the Federal Bureau of Prisons, state corrections commissioners, Tribal jail administrators, and county and local jail administrators to distribute written guidance on how incarcerated borrowers can access President Joe Biden’s debt relief plan and the Education Department’s Fresh Start initiative. Without a cross-agency effort, incarcerated borrowers will be limited to the piecemeal information they get from disparate sources, and thousands could miss out on debt relief. The Center for American Progress and 19 coalition partners propose strategies for the Education and Justice departments to consider as they work to bring maximum debt relief to borrowers in prison.
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