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College Behind Bars: Access to Higher Education in Prison an

College Behind Bars: Access to Higher Education in Prison and the Restoration of TAP
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program Fee:
Free for Members  | $15 for Non-Member Lawyers

Please Note: All attendees will receive an email confirmation including a zoom invite by 5pm the day before the program with details of how to access the webinar.

Inspired by the powerful four-part documentary, College Behind Bars (2019), this webinar will examine college-level education programs within prisons, and discuss their history, current issues of importance, and the barriers to access of such programs; including the termination of government-sponsored financial aid programs such as the Tuition Assistance Program ("TAP") in New York. The positive impact of these programs - both for individuals and for society as a whole - will also be explored through first-hand accounts of triumph and transformation, a discussion of inter-generational benefits for families of incarcerated scholars, decreased rates of prison recidivism, and an awakened sense of civic responsibility once formerly incarcerated persons have returned to their communities. Hear firsthand accounts from panelists Michelle Daniel Jones, a fourth year doctoral student in the American Studies Program at New York University who received an undergraduate degree from Ball State University and audited graduate courses from Indiana University while incarcerated, and Jule Hall , Program Officer at Ascendium Education Group, whose experience as a Bard Prison Initiative Alumnus was chronicled in the College Behind Bars documentary. 

Janelle Niles,  Member, Minorities in The Profession Committee

Michelle Daniel Jones, Doctoral Student, New York University 
Jule Hall, Program Officer, Ascendium Education Group
Vivian Nixon,  Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship

Sponsoring Committee:
Minorities In the Profession, Jonathan Waldauer & Johan Tatoy, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Committee:
Corrections & Community Reentry, Gregory D. Morril, Chair

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