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The Legacy of Prison Education

NYU Student Affairs Conference

Piper Anderson

on 2 June 2015

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Transcript of The Legacy of Prison Education


1965 Prisoners Become Eligible for Pell Grants

“As a result of Attica College Programs Came Into Prisons”
-Eddie Ellis
In 1971 inmates in the Attica prison took control of the facility demanding improved conditions within the prison including health care, a better diet, the right to engage in political activity, and educational programs.
By 1982 350 of the nations prisons offered higher education programs funded by Pell Grants
In 1994 Pell Grants for Inmates are revoked.
Colleges and Universities leave the prison market in mass.
Between 1995 and 2005 the number of post-secondary education programs fell by 90%
Bill Clinton signs into law the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, a provision of which makes prisoners ineligible to receive Pell Grants.
Recent studies state that education can reduce recividism by 43%
Who Deserves An Education?
Who decides?

Video: Passport to the Future
National Cultural Campaign
NYU Course
NYU Students design and facilitate a 5-week arts-based education program for 16-18 yr incarcerated students
Workshops are creative,experiential, and require critical thinking and self-reflection.

Each workshop must have a measurable learning goal.
Student Designed Workshops

SEEING MANHOOD: Men, Bodies, and Society
Objective: To deconstruct the social structures as well as reflect on internalizations of images revolving around manhood.
Performing Personal Narratives
Objective: In this lesson, students will learn how to translate their personal experiences and memories into dynamic stage performances.
"I don't want to get up to go to school but I'll wake up early on a Saturday to see yall"
I learned how to participate with everyone.
I learned how to work with others.
I learned that I could be creative.
I learned how to improvise a scene
That I can answer the kind of questions on a college application.
Lyrics on Lockdown is offered twice a year through the Gallatin School at NYU.

Education Inside Out Coalition
"Abolish the Box" Campaign
Student led initiatives on campuses across the country
NYU's Incarceration to Education
Bard Prison Initiative
Bedford Hills-Marymount Manhattan College
Inside and Out
Rutgers University Mountainview Program
College & Community Fellowship
Inside Out Prison Exchange
What is the purpose of education?
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