Jamie Fader Community Reentry of Inner-City Youth - Why Encouraging Better Decisions Is not Enough

Jamie Fader, assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany and author of Falling Back: Incarceration and Transitions to Adulthood among Urban Youth, discusses her research on incarcerated young men of color and the disjuncture between their aspirations at the point of release from a residential facility and the structural hurdles and realities they face upon returning home to family and community in an urban setting.

This interview is part of Vera's Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series.


The First Year of Pell Restoration

A Snapshot of Quality, Equity, and Scale in Prison Education Programs

Pell Grant restoration took effect on July 1, 2023, making incarcerated people in the United States eligible for need-based federal postsecondary financial aid for the first time in nearly 30 years. Since the launch of the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative (SCP) in 2016, more than 45,000 incarcerated students have enrolled in SCP pro ...

  • Niloufer Taber, Amanda Nowak, Maurice Smith, Jennifer Yang, Celia Strumph
June 28, 2024
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Beyond Access

Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in Prison Education Programs

The July 2023 return of Pell Grant eligibility for all people in prisons brings not only a monumental shift in opportunity but also a responsibility to ensure that everyone—regardless of race or ethnicity—gets access to that opportunity and the support to make use of it. To bridge the gap between promising practices for advancing equity in postseco ...

  • ​Allan Wachendorfer, Kayla James, Eurielle Kiki, Niloufer Taber
February 01, 2024

How Corrections Departments Are Preparing People for In-Demand Careers That Support America’s Infrastructure

With demand for workers rising, employers are more open than ever to hiring people with conviction histories, and Departments of Correction (DOCs) are positioning people in their custody to secure career-track infrastructure jobs. DOCs have developed strategic partnerships with employers, colleges, and community-based organizations to provide job t ...

  • Kayla James
February 21, 2023