JFF and Ascendium Announce Inaugural Cohort of “Ready for Pell” Prison Education Programs

Recipients will help their institutions prepare for access to Pell Grant for Prisoner Students

BOSTAN, February 15, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Work for the Future (JFF) announces 22 recipients of the Ascendium Education Group Ready for Pell grant initiative. Ready for Pell is designed to help institutions providing post-secondary education in prisons navigate the upcoming changes in the Pell Grant program to provide financial assistance to students, giving incarcerated students new opportunities for education and increased economic mobility.

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Two government systems and 20 colleges in 16 states will get up $ 120,000 in funding to expand higher education programs in prisons (PEP) before the resumption of eligibility for Pell grants in 2023. Since 1994, detainees have been barred from receiving Pell grants, which has reduced PEP programs and negatively affected re-entry results. According to a study by RAND Corporation, “Prisoners participating in correctional education programs were 43 percent less likely to relapse than those who did not. This means a 13 percent reduction in the risk of recurrence. ”

With the return of eligibility in 2023, the Ready for Pell initiative will help institutions improve program design, provide eligible students with access to Pell funds, and help students learn how to maximize financial aid when they are in and out of prison. its boundaries.

“The results of this initiative have the potential to scale and transform higher education for students who are in prison, benefiting these individuals, their future employers and the general public,” he said. Lucretia Murphy, Vice President of JFF. “JFF is very excited to work with these grantees as part of the movement for quality and equity in post-secondary education programs.”

The Ready for Pell cohort is a representative of PEP programs nationwide. It includes new and established programs, two- and four-year institutions, institutions serving men and women, and designated institutions serving minorities. JFF and Ascendium will work with RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, as an external evaluator to document the experiences of grantees and their prison partners with implementation and impact.

According to a 2019 report by the Institute of Justice of the Faith, “Investing in the Future,” nearly 500,000 inmates will now be eligible for Pell grants. Studies show that people who participate in college programs in prison are much more likely to find stable jobs with family support after release and much less likely to return to prison.

The following organizations were selected into the inaugural cohort Ready for Pell:

Government systems

Individual colleges

  • Amaryl College – Texas Department of Criminal Justice

  • Northeastern College of Arkansas – Northeast Arkansas Correctional Facility and Arkansas Penitentiary Department, Mississippi County Dismissal Center

  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of TechnologyMassachusetts State Prison

  • California State University, San BernardinoCalifornia State Prison

  • College is untied – Rhode Island and federal prison

  • Des Moines Community College – Iowa Women’s Correctional Institution (ICIW): Minimum Life (ICIW), Newton Correctional Facility (NCF), NCF Correctional Liberation Center (CRC): State Prison, Polk Prison (PCJ): community-based fixes, plus the homes of the federal population

  • Herkimer County Community College (SUNY) – New York State Prison

  • Hope-Western Education Program for Prisons – Muskegon Correctional Facility, Michigan

  • Community and Technical College of Minneapolis – a correctional facility on Lino Lakes, Minnesota

  • Moraine Park Technical College – State Prison, Local and County Jails, Wisconsin

  • Northeastern Mississippi Public College – Alcorn County Correctional Facility

  • Pennsylvania State University – Pennsylvania penitentiaries

  • Portland State University – Coffee Creek Correctional Facility

  • College of San Antonio – state prison, Texas

  • Sinclair Community College – Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Punishment (ODRC)

  • Southern Louisiana Community College – Raymond Laborde Correctional Center (RLCC)

  • Tufts University – Massachusetts Correctional Facility in Concord (MCI-C)

  • Tulein University – Louisiana Women’s Correctional Institute (LCIW)

  • University of Buffalo (SUNY) – New York State Wende Prison

  • University of New Haven – Department of Corrections CT / McDougall Correctional Facility (Suffield, Country); Pending additional: Federal Correctional Facility (FCI), Danbury (Danbury, Connecticut)

About JFF

The JFF is a national nonprofit that drives the transformation of the American workforce and education system. For almost 40 years, JFF has been at the forefront of developing innovative and scalable solutions that create access to economic progress for all. www.jff.org

About Ascendium

The Ascendium Education Group is a non-profit organization 501 (c) (3) that seeks to help people achieve important educational and career goals. Ascendium is investing in initiatives aimed at increasing the number of low-income students completing higher education, certificates and workforce training programs, with a focus on first-generation students, adult prisoners, rural members, color students and veterans. The work of Ascendium identifies, validates and expands best practices to promote large-scale change at the institutional, systemic and governmental levels with the intention of enhancing opportunities for all. For more information, visit https://www.ascendiumphilanthropy.org.

CONTACT: Daniel Oregondobregon@jff.org



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