Budget cuts will limit Indiana inmate education

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana cuts in education funding for prison inmates are sparking concern among program supporters who fear a lack of education will make getting a job more difficult for newly released inmates.

Department of Correction officials say lawmakers allocated just $2 million a year to DOC for correctional education. The Star Press reports that's just enough to allow incarcerated students nearing completion of their degrees to continue on to graduation.

DOC education director John Nally tells The Star Press he expects the DOC to stop funding bachelor's degrees and focus only on associate degrees and possibly vocational certificates in fields like welding and temperature controls.

Inmates can earn reductions in their sentences by obtaining college degrees while they're in prison. About 2,400 inmates are currently pursuing college degrees.

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