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Voices of Freedom: Stories of Hope from Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Students Webinar

This California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office webinar elevates the powerful voices of students who have experienced incarceration.

Project Rebound Brochure

PROJECT REBOUND (PR): PR is a growing collaboration of college support programs uniquely equipped to help formerly incarcerated people access and navigate higher education at California State Universities.  Founded in 1967 at San Francisco University (SFSU) by Dr. John Irwin, who had been incarcerated prior to earning his PH.D and becoming a tenured professor at ...

Financial Aid Guide for Youth with Juvenile Justice Involvement

In our conversations with students, we found that they were often unaware of available financial aid resources, and some had been given misinformation about their ability to apply for financial aid. Staff reported confusion over terms on financial aid applications like “ward of the court,” or were unsure about how to help youth navigate the ...

Don’t Stop Now: California leads the nation in using public higher education to address mass incarceration. Will we continue?

This new publication applauds the unprecedented growth in the number of California?colleges teaching in correctional facilities and reaching formerly incarcerated students in the community, but warns of failure if the state does not focus on quality and sustainability.

Using Criminal History Records in Hiring: CCCCO Legal Guidance

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office released Legal Advisory relating to the use of criminal history in hiring. The purpose of the Advisory is to provide a survey of the applicable laws, and to suggest approaches to employment decisions that will help community colleges comply with their legal obligations.  

Guidance for Colleges Teaching Incarcerated Students in State Prisons

This is a memorandum issued on April 23rd, 2019 by the Advisory Committee for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Students. 

California Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education

Renewing Communities published a paper summarizing their work to increase access and success for justice-involved students in California’s public colleges and universities. The paper highlights key facts about mass incarceration in California, the impacts of education on recidivism, and the multi-strategy approach Renewing Communities is using to accomplish their goals.

Rising Scholars Network Call to Action

Call to action letter in support of our Black students, staff, faculty, stakeholders, partners and communities.

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.

CCCCO Memo – Temporary Suspension of Student Withdrawl Regulations During COVID-19 Emergency

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is taking immediate action to ensure community college districts, campuses, and students are adequately supported through the COVID-19 crisis. This memo provides guidelines around refunding enrollment fees, suspension of districts requesting a waiver in writing, and assigning an ‘excused withdrawal’.