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Have A Criminal Record? It Might Get Easier to Get Into College Now

Published on 07/18/19 / In News & Politics

The U.S. Department of Education urged colleges and universities on Monday to remove obstacles that can keep the 70 million Americans with criminal records from seeking higher education. According to Reuters, the call coincided with the department's release of guidelines that encourage schools to look for alternatives to asking about criminal histories during admissions, and to take a more overall view of applicants' applications. Education Secretary John King Jr said the move is one way of giving people with criminal records a second chance at more productive lives. King's move comes as President Barack Obama attempts to reform the criminal justice system before he leaves office in January. Despite falling crime rates, more than 2 million Americans are imprisoned.

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