The Prison-to-College Pipeline
Mel Jones, Washington Monthly
For universities squeezed by falling enrollments, recruiting ex-offenders could be a new source of revenue—and a chance to transform lives.
In New Jersey, an innovative program called the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) enables inmates to take college classes while in prison (more than 500 are currently doing so) and, when they leave, get their credits transferred to participating colleges. It's something that happens too seldom in other prison education programs.