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Three Michigan schools will soon help inmates receive college education

A guard tower stands overlooking the yard at one of the state prisons in Jackson
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Michigan prisoners within five years of release may be eligible for a program that would allow them to recieve a college education.

Three Michigan colleges will participate in a program to give inmates a chance at higher education.

Jackson College, Delta College and Mott Community College were selected to participate in The U.S. Department of Education's Second Chance Pell Pilot Program. 

It hopes to give prisoners a college education.

Chris Gautz is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections and he says Michigan has been on the forefront of educating its inmates. 

"I know that we've been a real leader in higher education in our prisons," Gautz says. "Jackson College has had a long history inside our facilities, I believe going back to the early 80s."

Gautz says the program aims to keep ex-cons from returning to prison.

"We know that access [to] having a college education is a real clear sign of reducing our recidivism rate," Gautz says.