From Prison to Potential—The Role of Higher Ed


"For every dollar spent on higher ed in prison (HEP), five dollars are saved in recidivism costs." With compelling evidence to demonstrate the efficacy of HEP programs, recent policy changes, and an increased appetite for serving justice-impacted populations, these programs are on the rise and will be accessible to more students in the coming year. This panel will explore why access to higher education matters for currently incarcerated people and the broader impact they have on our communities.

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  1. Understand what the restoration of Pell Grants for incarcerated people will mean for those developing programs, educators and students.
  2. Explore the outcomes that HEP programs have produced and the impact that they've had on participants' personal and career trajectories.
  3. Engage with perspectives from those working directly with justice-impacted populations to ensure access to quality higher education.



Ashley Gaddis, Senior Associate, Whiteboard Advisors

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