What We Do

We work to make higher education accessible to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals.

About Our Campaigns

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Pell Grants

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.

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NY State Tap Grants

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 postsecondary correctional education.

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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.

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Impact

Why this work is important

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    You have a story to share about someone who has been impacted by educational barriers facing currently and formerly incarcerated persons.

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    You want to express your support for the Education from the Inside Out Coalition and our cause.

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    You want to report discrimination against formerly and/or currently incarcerated students
    in the U.S.

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Help us support equal access to higher education for criminal justice involved students by becoming a member or supporter of the coalition. You can download and read the benefits of becoming a members/supporter by clicking the button below.

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Who We Are

The Education from the Inside Out Coalition is made up of members and supporters across the country in our movement to increase access to higher education for all, including currently and formerly incarcerated students. Join our movement today by clicking here and becoming a member or supporting organization of the EIO Coalition.

Our Leaders

The college & community
fellowship

College and Community Fellowship (CCF) is unique among organizations aimed at helping people reclaim their lives after criminal conviction. Many programs try to address the basic needs of people returning to the community after conviction and prison, but only CCF guides them through the stages of higher education while promoting their leadership, self-advocacy, artistic expression, civic participation and long term economic security. We see beyond reentry. We see limitless possibilities for our participants, their families and their communities.

Visit www.collegeandcommunity.org


JustLeadershipUSA

JLUSA

JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) is dedicated to cutting the US prison population in half by the year 2030 while reducing crime.JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform.

Visit www.justleadershipusa.org


Center for community
alternatives

The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration and reentry. CCA’s mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights. CCA’s work takes it into the neglected places of America – its ghettos and prisons – the places that many prefer to keep secret. CCA is committed to its responsibility to speak out, not only for progressive alternatives to the criminal justice system but also against those policies and practices that create barriers for people with criminal history records to personal development, transformation, and reintegration back into the community in a healthy, productive and fulfilling way.

Visit www.communityalternatives.org

Our Members

The Education from the Inside Out Coalition is made up of members and supporters across the country in our movement to increase access to higher education for all, including currently and formerly incarcerated students. Join our movement today by clicking here and becoming a member or supporting organization of the EIO Coalition.


Member directory coming soon