Access to college in prison is transformational.
Helping people who are incarcerated advance their education not only sets them up for success after release, but improves safety in our prisons and our communities. It also spurs the economic renewal of communities, and changes the educational trajectory of future generations. Once commonplace, access to college in prison was drastically reduced through the 1994 Crime Bill.
Now, the recently launched federal Second Chance Pell Pilot Program is making need-based financial aid available to students in prison for the first time in 20 years. Through the 69 selected colleges and universities in 28 states (see map), more than 12,000 students will participate in the pilot. In doing so, they will demonstrate what a college education can do for incarcerated men and women, their families, and their communities.
The case for college in prison
Why Invest in College in Prisons?
The Vera Institute of Justice's Pathways Project is a five-year initiative that provides selected states with incentive funding and assistance to expand access to higher education for people in prison and those recently released.
Second Chance Pell Convening
Second Chance Pell Convening event in Washington, DC, July 19, 2016
Highlights from the convening in Washington, DC of the 69 sites selected for the Second Chance Pell Pilot program, including a conversation between U.S. Secretary of Education John King and three students who have attended college in prison.Watch: Welcoming remarks Keynote: U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates Keynote: U.S. Secretary of Educat...
Making the Grade
Developing Quality Postsecondary Education Programs in Prison
With its July 2015 announcement of the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program, the U.S. Department of Education ushered in what could be a new era of expanded opportunities for postsecondary education in our nation’s prisons. The Second Chance Pell Pilot makes students incarcerated in state and federal prisons eligible for need-based financial aid in a l...
Digitizing the 21st-Century Prison
College Classes Get a Boost at New York State Prisons
Series: Unlocking Potential
The importance of education for incarcerated women
Former intern Monnero Guervil interviews Vivian Nixon for this blog post. What is the story behind your passion for serving incarcerated women? My passion for serving incarcerated women started when I began to tutor and teach GED classes in prison. It was there that I saw the economic disparities and barriers that exist for many in...