The Expanding Access to Postsecondary Education Knowledge Bank serves as a one-stop resource to access research publications, news articles, events, and webinars about college in prison programs. This resource will assist corrections, colleges, researchers, advocates, and policymakers with engaging in the issues and staying informed and up-to-date. Use the refine or search functions to sort items by type (e.g., publication) or search by keyword.

Rally demands equal access to college for ex-convicts

Members of the Hopkins and Baltimore community rallied to voice their support for banning the box in college admissions. The “Ban the Box” movement includes a nationwide effort to prevent universities from asking prospective students to disclose their criminal histories in their college applications. The rally, which took place on the Beach on Saturday, was co-sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and organized by Baltimore-based groups which focus on providing resources for former convicts, like Out For Justice, Inc. (OFJ) and From Prison Cells to PhD.

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  • The Johns Hopkins News-Letter
October 12, 2017
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Prison study program enters Alabama classroom

For those majoring in criminal justice, political science, or even students who want to take a new type of course, next semester has an option for them to check out.The course, a branch of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, will give 10 “outside” students the opportunity to study alongside 10 incarcerated inmates (“inside” students) at Limestone County Correctional Facility. Assistant English Professor Katie Owens-Murphy is the first teacher to bring the program to Alabama.

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  • The Flor-Ala
October 07, 2017
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Creating opportunities with Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project

Kyes Stevens’ life took a turn when she was given the opportunity to teach poetry at a prison in 2001. “People live inside of a prison, a place that tells them every day about who and what they are,” Stevens said. “To step out onto a branch and try to learn to do something different is a risk, and it is a very vulnerable thing to do in such a tough culture.” Poetry can simply be whatever they want it to be. No matter what the subject she said, education is the key to growth.

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  • The Plainsman
October 06, 2017
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Montgomery County Community College displays art by recovering addicts

Hanging from the ceiling of the college’s North Hall building, 16 E. High St., are thousands of glassine baggies that serve as a chandelier of sorts and as the centerpiece for the college’s temporary art exhibit. The installment is called “4642,” intended to represent the number of people who lost their lives to opioid or heroin addiction in Pennsylvania in 2016.The art installment is part of a larger exhibition called The Art of Recovery, which features about 50 creations that were done by former prisoners and individuals in recovery from drug addiction.

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  • The Mercury News
September 28, 2017
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How classes in prison are prepping offenders for life after release

The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) is the only correctional entity in the nation to hold American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) recommendations. In addition to computer graphics and design, offenders can also take business software applications, computer aided drafting, introduction to computers and print production. Last year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Virginia has the lowest recidivism rate in the country.

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  • ABC 8 News WRIC (Richmond)
September 19, 2017
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