Statement of U.S. Conference of Mayors President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake on Today's Announcement for Financial Aid for Education for Federal and State Prisoners

Jul 31, 2015, 14:17 ET from The U.S. Conference of Mayors

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued the following statement on today's announcement of financial aid for education federal and state prisoners:

"The nation's mayors applaud the Administration's plan to provide financial aid to federal and state prisoners for educational purposes.  As an organization, The Conference of Mayors has adopted policies consistent with the goal of helping people to successfully re-enter society after incarceration, because, the fact is, thousands of individuals re-enter our cities and metropolitan areas every year after their release and, clearly, help with education and training while in prison will put them in a better position to find employment and become productive citizens once they are out of prison.  

"According to a RAND Corporation study, prisoners who participate in correctional education programs are 43 percent less likely to return to prison and 13 percent more likely to have a job after finishing their sentence.

"The nation's mayors believe inmates should be provided education, training and substance abuse treatment while in prison so that, when they are released to their communities, they have a skill and are prepared to hold a job."

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