Skip to main content


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. 

How to Start a Student Club

This is a toolkit for formerly incarcerated students in California Community Colleges. It was created based on input from formerly incarcerated students throughout California.

Colleges Teaching in Prison Tackle Burnout

For educators working in our state prisons, the burnout risk is real. Faculty and staff from 14 California colleges kicked off a year-long Community of Practice on trauma-informed and resiliency-based care for their in-prison programs. Read the full update here.

Notes from the Field

Corrections to College is highlighting the role of formerly incarcerated students advocating and organizing on their campus to amplify their collective voice for social and cultural change in higher education.

California Community Colleges Fair Chance Hiring Policy Summary

On February 8th, the California Community Colleges Chancellor issued guidance on Fair Chance Hiring Best Practices (Policy Guidance) following the December 2018 Chancellor’s legal advisory (Office of General Counsel Advisory 2018-04) regarding the use of criminal history records in hiring, promotion and retention decisions by the community colleges and districts. The policy guidance and legal advisory together pave the way for California’s higher education system to expand employment opportunities for people with arrest and conviction records. 

Investing In Futures: Economic and Fiscal Benefits of PostSecondary Education in Prison

This report from the Vera Institute of Justice and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality presents evidence that recommends a repeal of the federal ban on Pell Grants for people in prison. The report details an array of benefits that postsecondary education in prison programs could have on individuals, communities, and the economy.

Using Criminal History Records in Hiring: CCCCO Policy Guidance

The Chancellor for the California Community Colleges issued groundbreaking Policy Guidance intended to expand hiring for qualified students, faculty and staff with criminal records. The Policy Guidance accompanies the legal advisory issued on December 31, 2018. A robust fair chance hiring policy positions the community colleges and districts to expand their applicant pools to compete effectively for talented, qualified, and motivated employees. We are proud to have worked with the National Employment Law Project and the Stanford Criminal Justice Center to support the Chancellor in these important efforts.

Legislative Report on Incarcerated Students

This is the California Community Colleges Inmate Education: Encouraging Results from Pilot Program report. The report was written in response to Senate Bill 1391 of 2014. 

Roundtable on the Future of Justice Policy Call for Papers

Merritt College and the Square One Project of the Columbia University Justice Lab are pleased to announce a student writing competition as part of the upcoming national Roundtable on the Future of Justice Policy, a three-day convening taking place at Merritt College’s Newton/Seale Conference Room on March 28 to 30, 2019. 

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.