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Prison inmates learn how to handle money
By yorkdispatch.com- Erin Arvedlund
Published: 03/12/2018

CHESTER, Pa. – Becky MacDicken loves to educate Pennyslvanians on personal finance, credit reports and scores, and her audience embraces her classes – especially the inmates at the Department of Correction’s SCI Chester prison, many of whom have never opened a bank account, instead storing their cash savings in a safe or under the mattress.

An outreach specialist with the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, she has visited every prison or correctional facility in the commonwealth at least once in the past year. Her work stems from the Department of Corrections’ formal partnership with the Department of Banking and Securities to teach workshops on budgeting, predatory loans, and other topics to people in the corrections system.

“I encourage inmates to begin their financial education before they get out of prison,” she said, while setting up for her workshop in a noisy cell block.

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