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CCCCO Expenditure Memo 2016-2017

Here is the California Community College Chancellor’s Office expenditure memo, which outlines the guidelines allowing for increased flexibility with Basic Skills, SSSP, and Equity funds. The Chancellor’s office encourages colleges to apply these funds to supporting formerly incarcerated students. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Striving for Success

Justice impacted students in California community colleges are succeeding academically across multiple dimensions. In particular, justice impacted students are achieving greater success and similar if not higher grades compared to their main campus counterparts. For a rundown on this data and more, read our new report by Rebecca Silbert and Debbie Mukamal.

Formerly Incarcerated Resource Resolution

The Associated Student Government of San Bernardino Valley College passed a Formerly Incarcerated Resource Resolution that will embrace programs to help formerly incarcerated individuals transition from prisons to campuses.

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.