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With Prison in the Past, He’s Getting Paid to Go to School

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The day Frank Melo turned 20, he woke up to handcuffs on his wrists and an arrest warrant in his name. During his yearlong sentence on drug charges, Melo had time to think about others in his neighborhood who had been imprisoned again and again. He didn’t want that life.

Twenty-five days out of prison in February 2017, Melo started attending College Bound Dorchester, a nonprofit in Boston that aims to combat poverty with education. Today, he’s enrolled in community college — and he’s getting paid to go to school.

Making college an option

Areas with high poverty tend to have more crime, particularly in neighborhoods that are racially and ethnically segregated, according to research by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development....

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