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Prop 57: What California's Community Colleges Need to Know

Prop 57 makes a number of important changes to criminal justice policy in California. Some of these changes are relevant to the state's community colleges. Click to read our FAQ detailing how Prop 57 impacts students learning inside CDCR facilities. 

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Toolkit for Colleges and Universities Seeking to Foster Success for Formerly Incarcerated Students

The toolkit is based on input from students, faculty, administrators and staff on campuses throughout the state, and has three sections: 
Essential Program Elements and Services details how a campus can fully implement a program to support formerly incarcerated students. 
Informal Strategies identifies a number of specific no- and low-cost steps that can be taken to support formerly incarcerated students while the campus is building a fully implemented program. 
Student Perspective synthesizes the input of many formerly incarcerated students and graduates about what they want and what advice they would give to upcoming students. 

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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.

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Project Rebound Sac State Student Agreement



The Project Rebound Program at Sac State offers student wraparound support (academic counseling, peer mentoring, FASFA assistance, tutoring, etc.) and limited financial resources to support eligible students with completing their baccalaureate or graduate program. In order to encourage active participation Project Rebound at Sac State has created a student support agreement. This can be used as an example to anyone interested in better serving students in a future or existing student organization. 


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Project Rebound Scholar Agreement

Project Rebound at Cal State Fullerton created a student agreement for participation that can be used as an example for those looking to increase active participation in their on campus student organizations. This contract outlines minimum requirements and expectations for those involved in Project Rebound, in order to encourage deeper student involvement and opportunities to provide support. 

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Project Rebound: Mission Goals and Values

Project Rebound at Cal State Fullerton published a a program component guide to accompany their student agreement for participation. This overview of Project Rebound's mission, goals, and values can serve as a helpful to anyone looking to create or further develop student participation for on campus student organizations looking to serve formerly incarcerated students. 

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Berkeley Underground Scholars Transfer 2018 Form

The Underground Scholars creates a pathway for formerly incarcerated and system impacted individuals into higher education through recruitment, retention, and advocacy. Underground Scholars has released a form to solicit interest in their support services for any formerly incarcerated and/or system-impacted students that are considering applying to a UC. 

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Reentry Myth Buster on Federal Student Financial Aid

The Federal Interagency Reentry Council has developed a Myth Buster guide to understanding Federal Student Financial aid and clarifying federal policies. 

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Resolution to Waive Student Health Fee for Incarcerated Students

The Imperial Valley College Board of Trustees passed a resolution to waive student health fees for incarcerated students on July 19th, 2017. 

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SDICCCA CEO Resolution: Passed Unanimously

This resolution regarding the SDICCCA Regional Transitional Services Program for Formerly Incarcerated Students was passed unanimously by the SDICCCA CEOs on Monday, March 20, 2017!

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Resolution Endorsing Project Rebound

Cal State San Bernardino's Faculty Senate passed a resolution showing support for Project Rebound. This document can be used as an example for campuses looking for ways to increase their support for formerly incarcerated students and programs that serve them. 

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Better Money Habits How-To Guide

Bank of America, in partnership with Khan Academy, released a how-to guide to their free toolkit, the Better Money Habits program. Better Money Habits is an interactive online tool kit that provides users with information to improve their financial literacy. This guide includes information about how to access key features, including setting financial goals, videos and worksheets designed for easy personal or classroom education use, and a comprehensive resources page designed to help people living paycheck to paycheck. 

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Project Rebound: Expanded

Project Rebound published a brochure providing an overview of their offerings, and contact information for their 8 regional programs on CSU campuses. It is a great resource for anyone looking to find out more about Project Rebound at a glance. 

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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. 

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CLASP's Reconnecting Justice: Lessons Learned and the Agenda Ahead Report

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) published a report, by Duy Pham and Wayne Taliaferro, that illustrates key takeaways from their October 2016 forum, Reconnecting Justice: Pathways to Effective Reentry through Education and Training. The report focuses on the intersections of criminal justice, incarceration, and education, the positive impact of investments in correctional education, job training and supportive reentry services for communities with high incarceration rates, and includes federal and state policy recommendations. This report includes examples from California’s legislation and model practices in correctional education.

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Your Money, Your Goals: Focus on Reentry

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a guide that provides information and tools specific to the financial challenges justice-involved individuals face. Consumer financial issues are a key concern for many people transitioning from incarceration. This guide has tools to help people prioritize and manage their debt, know their rights around background reports, and access and fix their credit reports. 

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Project Change's Three Phase Model

Project Change provides college services inside juvenile youth facilities and runs a bridge program at College of San Mateo that provides students a clear pathway and support network for success. Check out their three phase model.

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CCCCO Integration Memo 2016-2017

Here is the California Community College Chancellor's Office memo on Integrated Planning, which streamlines and consolidates the process for requesting these funds for the upcoming year. The Chancellor's Office encourages colleges to use funding streams to support formerly incarcerated students. 

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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. 

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Underground Scholars Initiative Bylaws

If you're thinking about starting a student group, or looking to update your current group's bylaws, check out this document created by the Underground Scholars Initiative. Their bylaws are divided into articles and clearly layout the roles, mission, and structure of the organization.  

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How to run a student centered program: Open Gate's Project RISE

This document details an organization's mission, structure, goals, and outreach plan. RISE operates out of Chabot College. 

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Second Chance Pell Pilot Program

Read the press release about the Education Department's Second Chance Pell Pilot Program, which aims to enroll 12,000 incarcerated students in postsecondary educational and training programs.

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The Project Rebound Model

This document outlines Project Rebound's key program elements and key program services. It is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about how successful programs operate. 

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Degrees of Freedom Panel

Watch a panel discussion on the issues of providing college opportunities for currently and formerly incarcerated students. The panel is moderated by Larissa MacFarquhar, a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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Technology Inside CDCR Prisons for College Programs Webinar

The Opportunity Institute hosted a webinar to provide colleges teaching inside California state prisons the chance to hear directly from CDCR's Offices of Correctional Education and Enterprise Information Systems. 

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Making the Grade: Developing Quality Postsecondary Education Programs in Prison

The Vera Institute of Justice published a paper summarizing promising practices of developing quality postsecondary education programs in prison and highlighting individual programs throughout the country. 

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The President's Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

Harvard Law Review published a lengthy article by President Obama on the President's responsibility to enhance criminal justice reform. The piece highlights the steps the Obama administration took to achieve systems changes within the criminal justice landscape, noting the important role higher education plays in reducing recidivism. 

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Dear Colleague Letter

The Former US Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr., pens a letter to the country asking colleagues to focus on education for justice-involved students. John B. King Jr. details the steps the Department of Education is taking to support justice-involved students and uses statistics to urge fellow educators to get involved. The letter can be found here.

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CLASP's From Incarceration to Reentry Report

In this From Incarceration to Reentry Report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Wayne Taliaferro, Duy Pham, and Anna Cielinski discuss correctional education programs, relevant legislation, and funding. The report includes some specific examples from California.

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RAND Meta-Analysis of Correctional Education

RAND Corporation conducted a meta-analysis to examine the association between correctional education and reductions in recidivism, improvements in employment after release from prison, and learning in math and in reading. A key finding is that individuals who participated in college programs while incarcerated had 51% lower odds of recidivating than those who did not. 

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