Who We Are

The Education from the Inside Out Coalition seeks to remove statutory and practical educational barriers for individuals with criminal justice involvement by educating policymakers and advocating for policy change. We work with federal, state and local government officials, along with educational institutions across the nation, providing technical assistance and other support.  

The State University of New York has voted to move it's criminal history checkbox off of its admissions application across it's 64 colleges. This marks the first public education system in any state reverse course, and reject the box. Members of the Education from the Inside Out Coalition steadfastly targeted the State University of New York in our campaign to ban the box in higher education. We are proud to say that the SUNY is addressing our demands and is working to remedy their discriminatory application process. Read More.

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Beyond the Box

“We believe in second chances and we believe in fairness,” U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said. “The college admissions process shouldn’t serve as a roadblock to opportunity, but should serve as a gateway to unlocking untapped potential of students.

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As a result of the 1994 federal enactment of legislation that eliminated Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated individuals, access to post-secondary correctional education access was virtually eliminated for these students. The Coalition supports policies that re-establish the opportunity for otherwise eligible people in prison to obtain college aid through Pell Grants for postsecondary education programs.

Ban the Box In Higher Education

EIO is working to end the practice of screening applicants for criminal histories in which colleges and universities, including the State University of New York (SUNY), commonly engage. These screenings fail to make campuses safer, exacerbate racial and ethnic disparities in higher education and threaten to roll back the gains in Brown v. Board of Education. EIO commends institutions, such as the City University of New York (CUNY), for considering applications for admission without regard to criminal histories.

Turn On The TAP NY

In 1995, New York State enacted budget legislation that banned incarcerated individuals from receiving state aid for in-prison education programs, including Tuition Assistance Program (“TAP”) and Higher Education Opportunity Program (“HEOP”) grants. The EIO Coalition supports a change in policy that would restore state aid eligibility for students engaged in post-secondary correctional education.

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Recent Blog Posts


VICTORY! SUNY Bans The Box in Higher Education Across Its 64 Colleges

NEW YORK – The Board of Trustees at the largest comprehensive public university system in the nation voted today to give potential students with criminal histories a second chance by moving its criminal history check box off of its current application process. The move comes after the Board of Trustees heard public testimony from formerly…


CCF 2016 Back to School Block Party

Block parties are classic city summer traditions, conjuring up images of laughing children, loud music, and plentiful picnic food. They are a celebration of community; a chance to set aside daily responsibilities and enjoy being together under the sun. CCF’s 2016 Back to School block party will fulfill this purpose, offering free food and games, backpacks with school…


Democracy and Disenfranchisement Don’t Go Together

Former Attorney General Eric Holder emphasized the need for criminal justice reform in his speech Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention. Holder, who served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States from 2009 to 2015, addressed a variety of topics within the movement, including community and law enforcement relations, progress made under the…