New Bill Would Create Educational Opportunities For Students With Criminal Records

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Participant in the Staging Old Masters Program in which formerly incarcerated people use the exploration of theatre and art to help develop skills for their future lives and employment (Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Flickr).

Representative Cedric Richmond (D-La.) introduced a bill on May 7 to create more educational opportunities for previously incarcerated Americans. The Beyond the Box for Higher Education Act of 2019, was initially introduced to the Senate by Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).

Schatz’s bill was first introduced in September 2018 and encouraged colleges and universities in the US to remove criminal and juvenile justice questions from their admissions applications. The bill died in the last Congressional session, according to GovTrack.

Richmond’s new measure would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 and direct the secretary of education to issue guidance to higher education institutions about removing criminal and juvenile justice questions for their admissions applications. The…

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