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Degrees of Freedom Report

Degrees of Freedom: Expanding College Opportunities for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Californians, by Debbie A. Mukamal, Rebecca Silbert, and Rebecca Taylor is based on over 175 interviews, academic research, and historical investigation. The report profiles existing programs and identifies recommendations for California to take to build effective college pathways that will help these underserved students become college graduates.

Bakersfield College Inmate Scholars Program Fact Sheet

The Inmate Scholars Program at Bakersfield College created a Fact Sheet to report upon the services and courses that their program offers, demographics of students served, the level of success that their students have achieved so far. 

List of Regionally Accredited Post-Secondary Institutions

Under Prop 57, incarcerated students can earn Educational Merit Credits (EMC) when they successfully obtain a GED, high school diploma, Associate of Arts or Science degree, Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, or a graduate degree (Masters or Doctorate) while incarcerated. In order to be eligible for Educational Merit Credits for obtaining a college degree, the degree must be earned from a regionally accredited institution. Here’s a list of all regionally accredited institutions. 

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. 

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. 

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.

Guidebook for California Incarcerated Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs has published a guidebook to assist incarcerated Veterans as they prepare for release from state or federal correctional facilities in California. Read more to learn what kind of resources Veterans may be eligible for upon re-entry into their communities. 

Textbook Reimbursement for Community Colleges Teaching in State Prisons

This memorandum provides information regarding available funds for colleges teaching students that are currently incarcerated in state prisons. A total of $3 million is available to colleges to provide textbooks or digital course content to students under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) who are enrolled in one or more California community college course.

Equity and Excellence in Practice

Equity and Excellence in Practice: A Guide for Higher Education in Prison by Tanya Erzen, Mary R. Gould, and Jody Lewen documents the key characteristics of high-quality prison higher education programs, and informs stakeholders in the field, including new and experienced practitioners seeking to achieve equity and excellence in their work, policy leaders, philanthropy, and others. This study is a joint project of the Prison University Project and the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison.

Spring 2019 CDCR Face to Face Course Catalog

See the full range of face to face courses offered in California state prisons during the Spring 2019 semester.