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Maine university to expand prison education program

February 7, 2021 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A foundation has awarded the University of Maine at Augusta a grant of nearly $1 million to support a prison education program.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is providing the money for the Future of Higher Learning in Prison program. University president Rebecca Wyke said “these educational experiences are invaluable to our incarcerated students, reducing their recidivism rates and improving their employment opportunities upon release.”

The university started working with prisoners on education programs at Maine State Prison in 2006. It has awarded more than 130 degrees. The university said the foundation’s grant will allow the program to integrate higher education at all corrections facilities in the state.