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Criminal Justice Update: Restoring Dignity through Education

September 10 at 8:00 p.m. EDT | Conference Call

August 7, 2019

On September 10, 2019, join José Woss, FCNL’s legislative manager for Criminal Justice, for a special briefing. Learn about upcoming opportunities to restore dignity and opportunity to people who are incarcerated, and actions you can take to advance political change.

The U.S. Senate is considering a large, comprehensive bill to reauthorize education programs—the Higher Education Act or HEA. The legislation includes a policy dealing with Pell Grants, which are currently banned from prisons. We have an opportunity to lift that ban and better serve people who are incarcerated.

Lifting the ban on Pell Grants in HEA is about restoring dignity through opportunity. Please register to join us for a nationwide call on September 10t at 8:00 p.m.


José Santos Woss

  • Legislative Manager, Criminal Justice and Election Integrity

José is the Legislative Manager for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity. He leads FCNL’s work on criminal justice reform, campaign finance reform (election integrity), and police militarization. He helps to lead the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, an alliance of more than 40 national faith groups advocating to end mass incarceration.


Update Restoring Access to Education in Prisons 

In the 1990’s leaders in Washington, D.C. sought to increase punitive sentences and address crime through harsh punishment. The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-322) increased prison sentences, created incentives for states to build new prisons, and strengthened laws that made the incarcerated serve more of their sentence before their release. The law also eliminated Pell Grants in prisons.