The Amazing Results When You Give a Prison Inmate a Liberal Arts Education

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in The Film

Prison reform activist Max Kenner champions the transformative power of a college degree for inmates nationwide

By Jerry Adler
Smithsonian Magazine
November 2014

The idea came to Max Kenner in 1999, but he can’t recall just when or how. He knew no one who was incarcerated. He just knew that a few years earlier Congress had decreed that prisoners were no longer eligible for Pell tuition grants, putting a stop to most prison education programs. Having recently discovered for himself the thrill of serious intellectual enterprise, he decided to attempt to bring the same experience to some of the 71,000 inmates in New York State’s sprawling penal system.

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