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Preparing for Pell Reinstatement

The U.S. Department of Education has published final regulations about the requirements colleges with approved prison education programs (PEPs) must follow in order for students who are incarcerated to be eligible to access Pell Grants for an academic credential. This webinar covers key takeaways from the final rules for college PEPs, departments of corrections, and accreditation agencies.

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Correctional Education in the United States: How Effective Is It, and How Can We Move the Field Forward?

An article reviewing key findings from a review of correctional education programs for incarcerated adults and juveniles. The study included a meta-analysis of CE's effects on the post-release recidivism and employment rates of incarcerated adults, as well as a synthesis of evidence on CE programs for juveniles.

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Reentry Education Tool Kit

The Reentry Education Tool Kit was created by RTI International with support from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), to help education providers and their partners create a reentry education continuum in their communities.

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Higher Education Programs in Prison: What We Know Now and What We Should Focus On Going Forward

Drawing on past RAND research on correctional education and focusing on the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative and the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education initiative in North Carolina, this Perspective summarizes research on the effectiveness of educational programs in helping to reduce recidivism, key lessons learned in providing college programs to incarcerated adults, and remaining issues that need to be addressed, including how to ensure long-term funding of in-prison college programs and the need for an outcomes evaluation to learn from the Experimental Initiative.

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Evaluation of North Carolina's Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Program

RAND and RTI International researchers conducted an independent evaluation of the North Carolina Pathways Program, examining the implementation of the in-prison and community components of the program, the experiences of Pathways students and staff, factors that facilitated or hindered their participation in the program, and lessons learned.

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What Corrections Officials Need to Know to Partner with Colleges to Implement College Programs in Prisons

This guide is intended to be a starting point for corrections officials who are considering partnering with a college to implement an in-prison college program within their prison facilities or who currently have such a program and would like additional information to help ensure the success of that program.

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How Effective Is Correctional Education, and Where Do We Go from Here?

Final report to the U.S. Attorney General summarizing the findings from RAND's literature review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of correctional education programs for incarcerated adults. It also includes a systematic review of correctional education programs for juveniles; the results of a national survey of state correctional education directors, including an up-to-date picture of what the field of correctional education looks today in the U.S. and explores the use of computer technology, preparations for the 2014 GED program, and the impact of the 2008 recession; and a set of recommendations on improvements needed to further the field of correctional education.

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Pell Restoration for People in Prison: Webinar Recording and Additional Resources

On September 29, 2023, Ithaka S+R hosted a webinar, “Pell 101: Information for Librarians and Those Serving People in Prison,” to share information about the restoration of Pell funding for students who are incarcerated. Panelists included prison education journalist and Open Campus reporter Charlotte West, Vera Institute of Justice Associate Initiative Director Ruth Delaney, and NASFAA Education Specialist Sheila Meiman. The webinar recording, along with additional resources, are shared here.

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Pell Restoration for People in Prison: Webinar Recording and Additional Resources

On September 29, 2023, Ithaka S+R hosted a webinar, “Pell 101: Information for Librarians and Those Serving People in Prison,” to share information about the restoration of Pell funding for students who are incarcerated. Panelists included prison education journalist and Open Campus reporter Charlotte West, Vera Institute of Justice Associate Initiative Director Ruth Delaney, and NASFAA Education Specialist Sheila Meiman. The webinar recording, along with additional resources, are shared here.

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Accessibility and Disability Services in Postsecondary Education in Prison Programming: An Interview with Jenifer Montag

An interview with Dr. Jenifer K. Montag, director of disability services at Marion Technical College, about her work as a researcher-practitioner, the challenges of providing disability services to postsecondary students in prison, and what needs to change for equitable access to education inside.

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Building a Trauma-Responsive Educational Practice: Lessons from a Corrections Classroom

This timely manual presents a new perspective on teaching and learning focused on countering the impacts of trauma on adults’ ability to learn. Within its detailed and useful approaches, Daniels provides a road map for building a trauma-responsive teaching practice grounded in the principles of Trauma-Informed Care, and emphasizing the need for educators to develop a rigorous practice of self-care. 

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MEND: A Publication of Project Mend, Syracuse University

Mend celebrates the lives and creative work of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people as well as individuals who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. This annual publication showcases writing of all types, including fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. While prospective authors may submit pieces that describe their experiences with incarceration, the publication welcomes contributions on any topic.

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Preparing for Prison Education Programs: Tips for Administering Financial Aid for Incarcerated Students

In this webinar, experts on administering financial aid in prison settings discuss what financial aid administrators and prison education practitioners can do to ensure they are prepared to effectively support incarcerated learners with Pell Grant eligibility. Learn tips to successfully administer Pell Grants for incarcerated students and gain an understanding of the existing regulations and guidance impacting prison education programs and the tools available to assist the financial aid and prison education communities when serving this student population.

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Preparing for Prison Education Programs: Tips for Administering Financial Aid for Incarcerated Students

In this webinar, experts on administering financial aid in prison settings discuss what financial aid administrators and prison education practitioners can do to ensure they are prepared to effectively support incarcerated learners with Pell Grant eligibility. Learn tips to successfully administer Pell Grants for incarcerated students and gain an understanding of the existing regulations and guidance impacting prison education programs and the tools available to assist the financial aid and prison education communities when serving this student population.

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Graduated Justice podcast

Graduated Justice is a monthly podcast that features conversations with individuals from the higher education in prison community, brought to you by Tennessee Higher Education Initiative. We strive to find opportunities for autonomy and success within these conversations.

Graduated Justice embraces diversity and inclusion and recognizes our responsibility to foster an open, welcoming environment where every person, regardless of background, identity, sexual orientation, religion, or nationality can be their authentic selves. We value the benefits that arise from diverse experiences and are committed to providing content that expose some to new knowledge while supporting others as they connect to their identities. We also strive to acknowledge the complexity of intersecting identities by respecting the uniqueness of each individual.

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Technology in Higher Education in Prison Programs: A Report on Survey Findings

In 2022, Ithaka S+R launched a nationwide survey that would help determine the national landscape for accessibility to educational technology in prison education programs. The survey asked respondents about student access to technology in their higher education in prison program, collecting demographic information before focusing on four thematic areas: technological devices, learning management systems and software, network connection and internet access, and future technology plans. The findings from this survey are presented in this report.

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Technology in Higher Education in Prison Programs: A Report on Survey Findings

In 2022, Ithaka S+R launched a nationwide survey that would help determine the national landscape for accessibility to educational technology in prison education programs. The survey asked respondents about student access to technology in their higher education in prison program, collecting demographic information before focusing on four thematic areas: technological devices, learning management systems and software, network connection and internet access, and future technology plans. The findings from this survey are presented in this report.

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Technology in Higher Education in Prison Programs: A Report on Survey Findings

In 2022, Ithaka S+R launched a nationwide survey that would help determine the national landscape for accessibility to educational technology in prison education programs. The survey asked respondents about student access to technology in their higher education in prison program, collecting demographic information before focusing on four thematic areas: technological devices, learning management systems and software, network connection and internet access, and future technology plans. The findings from this survey are presented in this report.