Jailed students earn degrees in ground-breaking programme

According to academic officials, students of Northwestern University in the United States who have completed their coursework while serving time in prison were preparing to graduate on Wednesday 15 November and become the first such pupils to receive bachelor degrees from the highly regarded college, writes Gloria Oladipo for The Guardian.

The class graduating from the Northwestern Prison Education Program is one of four cohorts with 20 incarcerated students. Four hundred incarcerated people applied for the programme during the latest application cycle, with only 70 getting interviewed.

Northwestern asserted that the members of the outgoing class are the first students who are incarcerated to receive a bachelor degree from a university ranked among the top 10 on the US News & World Report.
Full report on The Guardian site