By Latin Cooke
Billionaire Warren Buffett and his big sister Doris Buffett understand the keys to success are through teaching, giving, and having a good education. Inmates across the United States, ranging from places like Sing Sing in New York to other institutions like Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington are benefiting from their generosity. The Buffetts fund over 20 educational, rehabilitative and re-entry programs across the United States. The main focuses of these are on reducing recidivism and reintegrating participants back into normal society.
When Bill Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1993 and the Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 1994, denying Pell Grant eligibility to Federal and State inmates, nearly all of the nation’s 350 post-secondary correctional education programs collapsed.
In response, programs like The Sunshine Lady Foundation, Inc. have sprung up. This program is dedicated to providing opportunities for advancement in education to those incarcerated. Doris Buffett has hands-on personal involvement with every aspect of the foundation and has given over $1,438,907 for the education of incarcerated college students in the United States as well as other humanitarian programs. She visits programs which the Foundation funds to ensure progress, accountability and success.