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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…

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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…

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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…

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“Framing My Future”: The 4th Annual Women’s Conference

On Monday, July 18th, FACE NY, Inc. hosted its 4th Annual Women’s Conference, co-sponsored with College & Community Fellowship, and Imani Ministry of First Corinthian Baptist Church. We sent EIO Member Emma Hattemer to the conference to find out more:  The conference featured a variety of powerful speakers and panelists who shared their experiences and…

We Are Getting REAL: The US Senate Offers a Permanent Solution for Pell in Prison

On the heels of President Obama’s announcement to temporarily reinstate Pell Grants to incarcerated students through the Department of Education’s Experimental Sites Initiative, the US Senate introduces legislation, which if passed, could see a long-term solution to in-prison educational access for all! The Restoring Education and Learning Act was introduced into the US Senate by…

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Democratizing opportunity: the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge

  Brown v. Board of Education declared segregated public schools unconstitutional over 60 years ago, but in a country where racial disparities exist at every stage of the criminal justice system and schools legally discriminate against applicants with criminal records, educational opportunity is still disproportionately withheld from people of color. Education from the Inside Out…

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Beating the System One Education at a Time: an essay on CCF’s Graduation

Melissa Harris-Perry, a writer, professor, and political commentator, gave the commencement speech at the College and Community Fellowship (CCF) graduation on June 9th, 2016. In her speech, Harris-Perry said “Having failed does not make you a failure.” A sentiment that carried weight with CCF’s graduating class of women with criminal justice histories. CCF’s mission is…

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Mass Incarceration and the Current State of Women

There is no doubt that the United States has a prison problem. Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated has quadrupled: currently, the U.S. accounts for 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prisoners. This dramatic increase is often attributed to “tough on crime” and War on Drugs policies — which lead…

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Is Our Prison System Worth the Cost? The White House Looks at the Numbers

Recently, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released a report titled “Economic Perspectives on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System.” In it, they break down different aspects of the justice system by the numbers, providing a comprehensive look at the financial and personal costs of the U.S.’s status as the world leader in incarceration….