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Northwestern University faculty meet with students at Stateville Correctional Center. (Courtesy Northwestern University)

A first-of-its-kind program in Illinois allows inmates to earn college credits and liberal arts degrees inside the maximum-security prison some 40 miles from Chicago.

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(Thomas Hawk / Flickr)

Katrina Burlet, who coached the prison's debate team, says she was banned from all correctional facilities after her program was shut down. She hopes a new lawsuit will restore her team.