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Fresh Start for Incarcerated Borrowers

Federal Student Aid published a new factsheet with instructions on how incarcerated borrowers can get out of default through the Fresh Start initiative. It also briefly addresses other relief options, including contact information for the office that handles complaints - the Office of the Student Loan Ombudsman.

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Education Reduces Crime: Three-State Recidivism Study Executive Summary

The Three-State Recidivism Study reviews one of the major functions of the criminal
justice system, that is, to rehabilitate. Over the past decade, greater emphasis has
been placed on the other major rationales, specifically incarceration and punishment
without much commitment to rehabilitation. The result of the push to incarcerate and
punish that occurred in the 1990s and early 2000s is an unprecedented growth in the
size of the nation’s prison and jail populations, even as crime rates have decreased. Given the
economic hardship of maintaining federal, state, and local correctional systems, and the number of people in jails and prisons, society can no longer afford to ignore ways to reduce crime
and lower over-burdening costs resulting from high incarceration rates. Since there are methods and programs that work, our intent is to bring this information to political leaders, the
media, and the public to shed light on successful alternatives to the current system. This report shares the results of the findings from the Three-State Recidivism Study.

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Inside California’s Prisons and Beyond: A Snapshot of In-Prison and Re-entry Programs

This report provides an introduction to services and programs available within California by collecting descriptive information about each. These programs do not necessarily represent a catalog of best practices or model programs that have been proven to be effective. Rather, this report is a starting block from which to build that analysis, and the authors suggest that as the next important stage in related research.

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Prison University Project Program Evaluation

Evaluation of the Prison University PRoject (PUP) at San Quentin State prison, an accredited college program administered through Patten University, offers an associate's degree in liberal arts to prisoners with high school degrees or GEDs.

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Prison Higher Education and Social Transformation

An abridged account of the keynote address at the 2013 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison at Saint Louis University, which focused on the power of prison higher education to bring about an end to this society’s grossly excessive reliance on incarceration.

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Prison Higher Education and Social Transformation

An abridged account of the keynote address at the 2013 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison at Saint Louis University, which focused on the power of prison higher education to bring about an end to this society’s grossly excessive reliance on incarceration.

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Prison Higher Education and Social Transformation

An abridged account of the keynote address at the 2013 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison at Saint Louis University, which focused on the power of prison higher education to bring about an end to this society’s grossly excessive reliance on incarceration.

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Prison Education Program Participation and Recidivism: A Test of the Normalization Hypothesis

Using data for a cohort of Federal prison releasees, the hypothesis tested is that inmates who actively participate in education programs have lower likelihoods of recidivating, defined as a rearrest or parole revocation within 3 years after release, controlling for several background and post-release measures, including post-release employment. Results show that inmates who actively participate in education programs have significantly lower likelihoods of recidivating.

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Prison Education Program Participation and Recidivism: A Test of the Normalization Hypothesis

Using data for a cohort of Federal prison releasees, the hypothesis tested is that inmates who actively participate in education programs have lower likelihoods of recidivating, defined as a rearrest or parole revocation within 3 years after release, controlling for several background and post-release measures, including post-release employment. Results show that inmates who actively participate in education programs have significantly lower likelihoods of recidivating.

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Prison Education Program Participation and Recidivism: A Test of the Normalization Hypothesis

Using data for a cohort of Federal prison releasees, the hypothesis tested is that inmates who actively participate in education programs have lower likelihoods of recidivating, defined as a rearrest or parole revocation within 3 years after release, controlling for several background and post-release measures, including post-release employment. Results show that inmates who actively participate in education programs have significantly lower likelihoods of recidivating.

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Best Practices for Evaluating Prison Higher Education

This study is a longitudinal, mixed-methodological effort to document the effects of participation in the college program at San Quentin State Prison. The college program is administered
by a non-profit called the Prison University Project and has served thousands of
incarcerated individuals since its founding.

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EJP Campus Scan

The campus scan is an examination of the policies and practices of campus units with which formerly incarcerated individuals are likely to have contact. This document seeks to better understand the obstacles and challenges formerly incarcerated people (FIP) may have in navigating campus, and where on campus they are likely to encounter resources, support, and points of encouragement.

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Journal of Higher Education in Prison Volume 2 Number 1

Established in 2019, the Journal of Higher Education in Prison is the only open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes exclusively on topics and issues affecting the field of higher education in prison. Our goal is that the journal will serve as a tool to facilitate conversation on theory, praxis, and teaching and learning in prison.

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Alliance Communications Plan

This communication plan is intended to help the Alliance (its board and staff)
deliver timely, relevant and engaging information to its members and the public. By delivering consistent and engaging communication, the Alliance hopes to inspire more people to join its collaborative and inclusive work. This plan is a living document that will change over time as the organization grows. The plan aligns public outreach activities with the goals, objectives and key communication messages of the organization.

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Alliance Strategic Plan

This strategic plan outlines the core projects that fall under each of the Alliance's focus areas - Building Community, Producing Knowledge, Supporting Quality Practice, Shaping Dialogue, Ensuring Sustainability - and the impact the Alliance seeks to have in these areas.

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Strategic Plan Toolkit

This document consists of two types of pages:
1. Instructional pages like this one with a grey bar along the left margin explain how to use the toolkit, provide guidance about how to conduct a strategic planning process, and describe how the output of your process might look.
2. Worksheet pages provide space to write. The worksheet pages have
page numbers in the bottom corner that correspond to the document’s
pre-formatted table of contents. You can type your responses into the
spaces provided in the PDF worksheet pages. When the PDF is completed
electronically, you will have the option to save/print your completed plan
(eliminating the instructional pages).

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National Conference on Higher Education in Prison

The overall purpose of NCHEP is to provide an annual opportunity for the higher education in prison community to gather and mobilize the talent, resources, and energy needed to expand access to quality higher education and academic reentry support services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.

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Prison-to-Gown Reading List

A sampling of academic studies and research articles about colleges and universities providing higher education for formerly incarcerated individuals and the range of considerations this work entails.

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Prison-to-Gown Reading List

A sampling of academic studies and research articles about colleges and universities providing higher education for formerly incarcerated individuals and the range of considerations this work entails.

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Ninth Annual National Conference on Higher Education in Prison 2019 Exit Report

The annual NCHEP Exit Report has become, since 2017, one of the primary ways in which the Alliance for Education in Prison reviews, assesses, and prepares the groundwork for planning the National Conference for Higher Education in Prison. The “Exit Report” additionally serves as an opportunity to reflect on the current state of the field of higher education in prison and to make observations about its future trajectory.