From Ball and Chain to Cap and Gown: Getting a B.A. Behind Bars

July 27, 2011

College-level programs were once common in prisons. That changed in the 1990s, when felons became ineligible for financial aid known as Pell Grants.

NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at how one program is tackling that challenge now -- a program whose graduates are convicted felons who for now can only hang their diplomas in their cells.

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