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Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons

September 1, 2020
by Eric Pereira
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We Already Have a Tool That Lowers Crime, Saves Money and Shrinks the Prison Population

From: https://www.politico.com Dyjuan Tatro grew up in a poor neighborhood in Albany, N.Y., where gunshots were common and education inaccessible. Around 10th grade, Dyjuan dropped out and was selling drugs. A few years later, when he was 20, he was involved in … Continue reading

August 10, 2020
by Eric Pereira
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Mountainview Alum Renaldo Chavis: Using Education to Transform and Empower

From: https://www.newark.rutgers.edu/ Renaldo Chavis embodies the transformative power of education at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) and how it can help reshape one’s future.  The Newark native’s early roots began at Irvington High School in New Jersey.  There, he was removed and placed … Continue reading

August 6, 2020
by Eric Pereira
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NJ-STEP Community Mourns the Loss of Doris Buffett

From: https://fredericksburg.com The NJ-STEP community mourns the loss of philanthropist Doris Buffett. As an early supporter of college in prison in New Jersey, Doris’s vision and her foundation’s contributions made our current work possible.  Her positive impact on our families and … Continue reading

June 18, 2020
by Eric Pereira
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College Programs in Prisons Go Remote

From: https://www.insidehighered.com With limited technology in their facilities, most college-in-prison programs moved to paper correspondence amid the pandemic. Others were suspended altogether. The benefits of college programs in prisons are well documented. Research shows that postsecondary programs can reduce recidivism … Continue reading

May 4, 2020
by Eric Pereira
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Can College Programs in Prison Survive COVID-19?

From: https://www.themarshallproject.org When coronavirus kept college professors from teaching in person at Maine Correctional Facility, officials reconfigured a prison classroom to hold classes over Zoom using the Internet from an administrator’s computer. Officials at Saginaw Correctional Facility in Michigan waived … Continue reading

April 15, 2020
by Eric Pereira
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RU-N Chancellor Highlights Prison Ed in Call for Equality Based Pandemic Response

From: https://www.njspotlight.com Higher education — like every sector of our economy — is hurting badly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the current crisis has served to throw into sharp relief structural inequities that we have allowed to exist for … Continue reading

January 17, 2020
by Eric Pereira
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NJ-STEP Alum started his college education behind bars. Now he wants to help kids avoid prison.

From: https://www.cbsnews.com/ Dameon Stackhouse was several years into his prison sentence when he learned he would have a shot at earning his college degree. He was 37 years old and sitting inside East Jersey State Prison. “You hear things, and … Continue reading

September 23, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative awarded NSF grant to promote STEM careers

From: https://www.princeton.edu/ The Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) at Princeton University is one of five organizations awarded a collaborative National Science Foundation grant to build a national alliance that will forge robust pathways to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers for people who are, … Continue reading

September 6, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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Prison-to-Prosperity Pipeline

From: https://news.camden.rutgers.edu It’s about being aware of your opportunities, your potential, and “the hidden treasure inside” of you, explains Darryl Brooks. There are days, says the recent Rutgers University–Camden graduate, when he will stand on the driveway of his Mount Laurel … Continue reading

July 10, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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After 25 Years, Why the Tide Turned for Pell Grants in Prisons

From: https://www.chronicle.com Pell Grants for the incarcerated. The political tide is turning on “Pell Grants for prisoners.” A bipartisan groundswell is emerging to reverse the 25-year-old ban on allowing incarcerated people to receive support from the key student-aid program. A bill … Continue reading

July 8, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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The NJ STEP Community Congratulates Maurice Smith and the Goucher Program

From: https://www.nytimes.com A federal program with bipartisan support in Congress has helped Maurice Smith, who served 27 years in prison, earn a four-year degree while he was incarcerated. Now that he’s been released, he told us he wanted to “rewrite my … Continue reading

June 26, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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Unlocking HigherEd Releases Social Media Toolkit for Advocacy Efforts

From: UHE Social Media Toolkit Unlock Higher Education is a coalition of stakeholders dedicated to advocating for policy solutions that increase educational access for  individuals with criminal convictions. Advocacy Efforts While this call-to-action can be used by anyone in any … Continue reading

May 29, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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Tia Ryans Makes the Most of Her Second Chance

From: https://sasn.rutgers.edu Thirty-three-year-old Tia Ryans (SASN ’19) is not your traditional college graduate. A formerly incarcerated student who arrived at Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N) in 2015, she has walked a path no one should have to tread. But with laser-like focus and … Continue reading

May 28, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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NJ-STEP Alum Highlighted at RU-N Commencement

From: https://us3.campaign-archive.com During this years commencement, Chancellor Nancy Cantor highlights the work of NJ-STEP and specifically a 2018 graduate Ron Pierce who served 30 years in prison. After referencing Ron and his work during his incarceration and after graduation, an applause … Continue reading

May 28, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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Vera Institute Releases Final Report on Pathways Project

From: https://www.vera.org NJSTEP, alongside programs from Michigan and North Carolina,  is featured in the Vera Institute’s final report on the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project. This report describes the demonstration project’s design and implementation, the experiences of Pathways partners … Continue reading

May 13, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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Integrity Forged in Cages

  From: https://www.truthdig.com Chris Hedges gave this talk to 27 graduating students who were formerly incarcerated—several of whom he taught in prison—and their families at Rutgers University on Friday. The ceremony was held by the Mountainview Program at Rutgers, which helps … Continue reading

April 26, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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Why ‘Lifers’ Need Access to Postsecondary Correctional Education

From: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com More than 20 years ago, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 made incarcerated individuals ineligible for Pell Grants, the funds awarded to students seeking a college degree who demonstrate exceptional financial need. This policy … Continue reading

April 18, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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Congress Should Repeal the Ban on Pell Grants

From: https://www.americanprogress.org/ Close the Curtain on This 1994 Legislative Penal Drama A lot has changed in the 25 years since the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act was passed. For many elected officials, it is now politically advantageous to be … Continue reading

April 11, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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Second Chance Pell: 8,800 Justice Impacted Students

From: https://thecrimereport.org Since 2015, about 8,800 incarcerated individuals have received federal Pell grant assistance to take college-level courses inside their correctional institutions. But has the program made a difference to their lives? So far, the answer is unclear. Not only is … Continue reading

March 19, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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Social Supports Essential to Maintain Mental Health in Reentry

From: https://news.rutgers.edu The study, published in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, found that [the formerly incarcerated], particularly those of color, who had  access to and used social resources had better mental health and a more successful reentry back into … Continue reading

March 7, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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NJSTEP’s Formerly Incarcerated Speakers Advocate for the Voting Rights of the Incarcerated at Princeton University Panel

From: http://www.dailyprincetonian.com A panel organized by SPEAR at Princeton University, primarily made up of Rutgers Mountainview students centering around S2100 (also known as A3456), a bill introduced in the New Jersey state legislature in March 2018 that would remove prohibition on voting … Continue reading

March 5, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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NJ-STEP Professor Awarded Seed Grant

From: https://rutgersclassics.com Emily Allen-Hornblower, associate professor of Classics at Rutgers-New Brunswick and a professor with NJ-STEP, has been awarded one of The Whiting Foundation’s five Public Engagement Seed Grants for 2019-20 for a series of communal conversations, “The Public Face of Emotions: Public Engagement and the Emotions in Our … Continue reading

March 1, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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A National Day of Empathy for Those Impacted by the Justice System

From: https://www.insidernj.com On March 5, 2019, Americans impacted by the criminal justice system nationwide will meet with lawmakers to share their stories and experiences. Crime hurts. Justice should heal. That’s why we’re joining the National Day of Empathy with #cut50 to build empathy … Continue reading

January 31, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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Vera Institute Releases “Investing in Futures” Report

The Vera Institute of Justice released their report: Investing in Futures: Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Postsecondary Education in Prison. Overview (via https://www.vera.org/publications/investing-in-futures-education-in-prison) “Efforts to build robust postsecondary education programs in prison have accelerated in recent years, with support from a … Continue reading

January 16, 2019
by Eric Pereira
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College Aid for Prisoners Pays Dividends for All Down the Line

From: https://www.njspotlight.com Allowing prisoners to receive federal aid to pay for college courses while incarcerated would reduce recidivism rates, save states money and boost the economy as former inmates get higher-paying jobs, a new report shows. Entitled Investing in Futures, the … Continue reading