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Improving Corrections & Reintegration Through Higher Education In and Out of Prison: Best Practices for Building a Corrections to College Pipeline

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $345,800)

In light of Congress’ recent restoration of Pell grant for incarcerated students, the Fellow proposes to produce a corrections-to-college pipeline report with best-practices for practitioners and policy proposals for advocates and policy leaders to build upon and improve BJA’s investments in reentry and reintegration. Through the BJA residency and the development of a corrections to college pipeline report, the Fellow will bring to bear the unique perspective and skillsets derived from years of lived experiences within the justice system as well as years of criminal justice advocacy focused on removing reentry barriers in voting, higher education (in and out of corrections), housing, and employment. The Fellow’s proposal will help existing Second Chance Act grantees better serve its justice impacted population in ways that improve corrections and reintegration by building capacity to create and promote corrections-to-college pipeline networks around the country; and it will help BJA build more responsive funding opportunities, technical assistance support, and ways to document the achievement of successful outcomes. The timely and innovative correction-to-college pipeline proposal enhances BJA’s current national efforts related to promoting successful reintegration and reducing recidivism. It also assists BJA in identifying and defining new and emerging reentry challenges where gaps exists and efficient and effective methods to address them.

Date Created: December 22, 2021