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Post-Prison Program @ SFC

College Opportunities for the Formerly Incacerated

SFC, in collaboration with Hudson Link, offers college education opportuntunities for the formerly incarcerated. The Hudson Link Post-Prison Program at SFC replicates and enhances the success of the existing Hudson Link model program, which has awarded more than 300 college degrees to incarcerated people in New York State correctional facilities.

The program helps those among vulnerable, at-risk populations earn a degree through intensive student monitoring, ongoing assessment, and integrated social service supports in the context of a rigorous liberal arts education.

The Post-Prison College Program has three goals:

  • To promote college degree completion among formerly incarcerated people
  • To decrease recidivism while increasing employment opportunities and earnings potential for students
  • To improve quality-of-life and promote public safety in neighborhoods disproportionately affected by crime and incarceration

On Hudson Link graduates,

“But perhaps the most impressive and important thing about the program isn’t that its graduates, dressed in cap and gown, held a piece of paper in their hands as they marched off at the end of the ceremony to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” It was that they proved to themselves, and now to their assembled friends, family and assorted dignitaries, that they could beat the odds after being pegged as disappointments much of their lives, that they possessed the stamina not to let their eye wander from the prize.” - Wall Street Journal


Students are pre-screened for potential college success by representatives of both Hudson Link and SFC and upon admisstion the program provides tuition for accepted students through a combination of financial aid and scholarships.

SFC Faculty Co-Directors:

Sara Haviland

Emily Horowitz

Nickie Phillips

Eric Platt

Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison:

Sean Pica, Executive Director

Todd Young, Alumni Coordinator