Spring 2019 Lecture Series
Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice
Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow
Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips
SFC Post-Prison Students on Reentry and the Benefits of Post-Prison Education
The Post-Prison Program at SFC launched in 2014 and both students, professors, and community members have found the program to be a triumph among reentry opportunities. Our Program was inspired by Hudson Link and other nonprofit organizations that privately fund and run college programs in prisons and seeks to help this population finish their degrees during the re-entry process. In May 2018, our first cohort of three students graduated, and we currently have 11 enrolled students. This panel features students discussing the importance of higher education for formerly incarcerated men and women, as well issues related to re-entry challenges, the realities of mass incarceration policies, and experiences of solitary confinement. The students will shed light on other less-tangible benefits of the SFC Program, including the structure provided by the program, safety, support, a heightened sense of belonging, improved self-esteem, and skills necessary for academic mastery.