New Commission Launched to Advance Prison Education
Earlier this year, the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), and The Educational Justice Institute (TEJI) at MIT launched the New England Commission on the Future of Higher Education Behind Bars. New England Council President & CEO Jim Brett has been asked to serve on this commission. Both NEBHE and MIT are New England Council members.
Research shows that there are 201,860 people who are currently incarcerated, on parole or on probation in New England. Additionally, 58% of all formerly incarcerated people in the New England region do not have a high school diploma or equivalent whereas only 13% of non-incarcerated New Englanders have not achieved a high school diploma or equivalent. Further, incarcerated people who participate in higher education behind bars are 48% less likely to recidivate than those who do not.
This Commission plans to formally convene approximately 65 individuals who represent key stakeholder groups relevant to prison education, including: key corrections and postsecondary leaders, previously incarcerated individuals, employers, policymakers and governors. In addition, it will issue a formal report that includes stakeholder-specific recommendations and a detailed action plan to make New England a leader in higher education behind bars ahead of the Pell release in 2023.
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