The Expanding Access to Postsecondary Education Knowledge Bank serves as a one-stop resource to access research publications, news articles, events, and webinars about college in prison programs. This resource will assist corrections, colleges, researchers, advocates, and policymakers with engaging in the issues and staying informed and up-to-date. Use the refine or search functions to sort items by type (e.g., publication) or search by keyword.

Series: Target 2020

Voters in Battleground States Favor Restoring Pell Grants for People in Prison

These battleground state voters seem to understand that reinstating Pell eligibility for the greatest number of people in prison is a sound investment in our future. Plenty of other influential voices agree. Bipartisan momentum to get rid of the Pell ban for people in prison has been growing steadily: Since early 2019, the Association of State Cor ...

Blog Post
  • Margaret diZerega
    Margaret diZerega
September 29, 2020
Blog Post

Vera First Class - Webinar 1: Guiding Principles and Designing your Program

In the first of a 5-part webinar series, that will continue on Thursdays throughout the summer, speakers share their perspective on guiding principles and program design for postsecondary education programs in prison. The series was created to guide new college and corrections partners launching Second Chance Pell programs through the design and implementation of their new programs. Each webinar features guest speakers on topics drawn from Vera’s implementation memo series and soon-to-be publication: First Class. In April 2020, Second Chance Pell expanded to include 131 colleges in 42 states.

July 02, 2020

From Corrections to College in California

An Evaluation of Student Support During and After Incarceration

California is a national leader in providing higher education to justice-involved people. A key driver of this movement has been the Renewing Communities initiative, a joint project of the Opportunity Institute and the Stanford Criminal Justice Center that sought to expand access to higher education among justice-involved people in California, both ...

  • Lionel Smith, Léon Digard
June 10, 2020