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Fines and Fees Are a Barrier to Criminal Record-Clearing Article
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Fines and Fees Are a Barrier to Criminal Record-Clearing

Jurisdictions can take several steps to eliminate the financial barriers imposed by fines and fees, which would help system-impacted individuals clear their records and reenter society.

Gus Tupper, Akua Amaning, Jaboa Lake

Congress Should Repeal the Ban on Pell Grants Article
Incarcerated students at Jessup Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland, discuss proposals for prison reform with students from Georgetown University, June 2016. (Getty/The Washington Post/Lucian Perkins)

Congress Should Repeal the Ban on Pell Grants

Congress has the opportunity to repeal the ban on Pell Grants and breathe fresh air into higher education programs inside of state and federal prisons.

Brent J. Cohen

Education Opportunities in Prison Are Key to Reducing Crime Article
Incarcerated young women graduate from high school in prison, Gainesville, Georgia, July 2015. (Getty/Christian Science Monitor)

Education Opportunities in Prison Are Key to Reducing Crime

Federal and state funding should support and expand prison education if the United States hopes to reduce its rapidly growing prison population.

Kathleen Bender

Beyond ‘Law and Order’ Article
Attorney General-designate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) takes his seat at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 10, 2017. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Beyond ‘Law and Order’

With Jeff Sessions as attorney general, dangerous and outdated “law and order” policies would stymie criminal justice reform.

Ed Chung, Danyelle Solomon