MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The federal government is cutting off
college aid for some of the nation's worst sex offenders.
A little-noticed provision of a broader higher education bill
makes such offenders ineligible for Pell Grants, the nation's
premier financial aid program for low-income students, starting
July 1st, 2009.
Both the Senate and the House have approved the bill and
President Bush is expected to sign it into law.
The provision affects 20 states that allow violent sex offenders
to be held indefinitely after they have served their prison
sentences because they are likely to re-offend.
Prison inmates are ineligible for Pell Grants under a 1994 law,
but sexual predators have qualified once they are transferred from
prison to treatment centers.
Critics say the new legislation will cut off the possibility of
higher education for offenders who are trying to rehabilitate
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