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Information for Researchers
The following list is a selection of websites that are useful in exploring
and understanding the field of prison postsecondary education and prison
research in general. Please feel free to forward us the addresses of other
relevant sites that we have not included here:
a program at Philadelphia’s Temple University that brings undergraduate
college students into Pennsylvania prisons to study with convicted felons.
Education Association is home of the Journal of Correctional Education,
which has many articles concerning postsecondary education, as well
as ABE, ESL, pre-GED and GED.
Prison Journal, published by the Pennsylvania Prison Society,
includes articles on the impact of education in prison.
Update Online focuses on educational programming in New York State.
The May 2005 issue is devoted to postsecondary correctional education
in New York state.
The New Republic’s October
2002 issue focuses on the efficacy of education in improving the prison
setting, and decreasing recidivism.
Applied Research Center (ARC)
publishes ColorLines. The Spring 2003 (6:1) issue includes an article
by Gabrielle Banks entitled “Learning Under Lockdown” concerning education
within the California Prison system.
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 2004 (39:2), includes an article
by Charles A. Ubah entitled “Abolition of Pell Grants for Higher Education
of Prisoners: Examining Antecedents and Consequences.”
a Boston-based advocacy group, with a specific relationship to Boston
University’s Prison Education Program. Partakers' College Behind
Bars program supports incarcerated students by funding BU programs,
tutoring students who are preparing for the BU entrance exam, and supporting
incarcerated students with letters and visits. Preparing
for Release is a document created by Partakers to assist with
the re-entry process.
System for Adult Basic
Education Support (SABES) devotes the winter 2002 issue of its
quarterly newsletter “Field Notes” to education in prison. SABES is
funded by the Massachusetts Department of Education.
The November Coalition examines
the ramifications of the Higher Education Act of 1998, which limits
the financial aid eligibility of those convicted for drug possession
Open Society Policy Center is a good source of information regarding
Second Chance Act legislation, submitted April 2005, authorizing Department
of Justice support of re-entry activities.
and Prison Education
The report Changing
Minds: The Impact of College in a Maximum-Security Prison, 2001,
is the result of collaborative research by the Graduate Center of
the City University of New York and Women in Prison at Bedford Hills
Correctional Facility. The report examines the positive effects
on women in a maximum-security prison in New York State.
Justice Now is a
California advocacy organization with a special focus on women in prison
Community provides an extensive bibliography concerning issues
of incarcerated women.
Prison Life and Population
Worcester Telegram and Gazette published thirteen articles over
four days (March 20-23, 2005) on life in prison. The articles are
journalistic but comprehensive.
of Criminal Justice Statistics is useful in researching the characteristics
of the incarcerated, such as educational levels, and current levels
of enrollment in educational programming.
in its November/December 2003 issues, includes an article by Samantha
Shapiro regarding the prison system under faith-based leadership.
Review, in 1999, published a useful bibliography addressing prison
privatization, politics of incarceration, corrections management,
prisoners’ rights, prisoners’ health, and women offenders.
The US Department
of Justice contains statistics from the Bureau of Justice.
Project offers criminal justice policy analysis, data, and program
information for the public and policymakers.
of Incarceration on Prisoners' Families
for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) is an organization which
addresses the needs of the family and friends of the incarcerated.
Child Welfare League
of America publishes research on the impact of parents’ incarceration
Family and Corrections
Network offers a comprehensive bibliography on the impact of incarceration
on prisoners’ families.
Families Against Mandatory
Minimums (FAMM) is a national group working to repeal mandatory sentencing
laws and to improve sentencing guidelines.
Rights and Prison Reform
At Boston’s Suffolk University, the Center
for Restorative Justice hosts educational and collaborative events
for practitioners of restorative justice.
Resistance is an organization in opposition to the expansion of
the “prison-industrial complex.”
The Criminal Justice
Policy Coalition is a Massachusetts-based organization in support
of humane treatment of prisoners and prison reform legislation.
The Atlantic Monthly included
a three-part series in its December 1998 issue entitled “The Prison-Industrial
Complex,” by Eric Schlosser, about penal institutions becoming a growth
a prison reform site that reviews current books and compiles statistics.
GLAD (Gay and Lesbian
Advocates and Defenders) is a New England-based organization focused
on the legal rights of gay, lesbian, and transgendered individuals.
Its website includes a thorough directory
of resources for imprisoned GLT persons.
The 360 Degrees website
has a listing
of documentary films concerning prisoners’ rights and prison reform.
The Justice Policy
Institute is a non-profit research and public policy organization
dedicated to ending society's reliance on incarceration and promoting
effective and just solutions to social problems.
The Mennonite Central Committee US Office of Peacebuilding provides various materials
including issues of victim-offender reconciliation.
Fellowship is a non-profit volunteer-reliant ministry focused
on the mission of transformation through faith.