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College in Jail Toolkit: How to Build a Successful Partnership Between a Sheriff’s Department and a Community College

This toolkit will assist California’s community colleges and Sheriff’s Departments as they build partnerships to provide college education inside county jails.

New “Excused Withdrawal” for Incarcerated Students: Revision to Title 5

The California Community College Chancellor’s office has issued a revision to Title 5 allowing colleges to assign an “EW” to incarcerated students who are involuntarily transferred or released early. Read more to learn how this revision can impact your students. 

Better Money Habits How-To Guide

Bank of America, in partnership with Khan Academy, released a how-to guide to their free toolkit, the Better Money Habits program. Better Money Habits is an interactive online tool kit that provides users with information to improve their financial literacy. This guide includes information about how to access key features, including setting financial goals, videos and worksheets designed for easy personal or classroom education use, and a comprehensive resources page designed to help people living paycheck to paycheck. 

CLASP’s Reconnecting Justice: Lessons Learned and the Agenda Ahead Report

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) published a report, by Duy Pham and Wayne Taliaferro, that illustrates key takeaways from their October 2016 forum, Reconnecting Justice: Pathways to Effective Reentry through Education and Training. The report focuses on the intersections of criminal justice, incarceration, and education, the positive impact of investments in correctional education, job training and supportive reentry services for communities with high incarceration rates, and includes federal and state policy recommendations. This report includes examples from California’s legislation and model practices in correctional education.

Your Money, Your Goals: Focus on Reentry

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a guide that provides information and tools specific to the financial challenges justice-involved individuals face. Consumer financial issues are a key concern for many people transitioning from incarceration. This guide has tools to help people prioritize and manage their debt, know their rights around background reports, and access and fix their credit reports. 

Degrees of Freedom Panel

Watch a panel discussion on the issues of providing college opportunities for currently and formerly incarcerated students. The panel is moderated by Larissa MacFarquhar, a staff writer at The New Yorker.

Technology Inside CDCR Prisons for College Programs Webinar

The Opportunity Institute hosted a webinar to provide colleges teaching inside California state prisons the chance to hear directly from CDCR’s Offices of Correctional Education and Enterprise Information Systems. 

The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

Harvard Law Review published a lengthy article by President Obama on the President’s responsibility to enhance criminal justice reform. The piece highlights the steps the Obama administration took to achieve systems changes within the criminal justice landscape, noting the important role higher education plays in reducing recidivism. 

Dear Colleague Letter

The Former US Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr., pens a letter to the country asking colleagues to focus on education for justice-involved students. John B. King Jr. details the steps the Department of Education is taking to support justice-involved students and uses statistics to urge fellow educators to get involved. The letter can be found here.