The Gotham Gazette recently featured an op-ed by Devone Nash, titled "Efforts to End Racism Must Include Dismantling Housing Discrimination." Devone is a College Initiative alum and a member of the Institute's Fair Chance for Housing Coalition.
As a champion of institutional, structural, and personal transformation, the Institute opens doors and eliminates barriers to success for people who have been involved in the criminal legal system. We create access to higher education and pathways to satisfying careers. We advocate for the right to housing, employment, healthcare, and other human rights too often denied people with criminal convictions.
The Institute’s Educational Pathways are an integrated set of programs that create access to higher education for students with histories of justice involvement.
Career Pathways promotes access to training and employment for people who have been involved in the criminal justice system, with a focus on creating pathways to careers in the human services field.
The Institute's policy advocacy seeks to eliminate barriers and generate policies and practice make it possible for people with conviction histories to live successfully in the community.
The Institute conducts research on a range of topics connected to its work and criminal justice reform.
“These [Prison-to-College Pipeline classes] have been instrumental to my personal growth. These men and women who have taken time out of their lives to interact with us, to help in the shaping of ideas and attitudes have been a blessing."
We are pleased to announce that our Executive Director, Ann Jacobs, has been elected as a founding member of the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ), a national invitational membership organization and think tank. Independent and nonpartisan, CCJ advances understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and builds consensus for solutions that enhance safety and justice for all. Through research, policy development, and other projects that harness the experience and vision of its leaders and members, CCJ serves as a catalyst for system improvements based on facts, evidence, and fundamental principles of justice. Members of the council include professionals in law enforcement, courts, and corrections; state, local, and federal policy makers; advocates and researchers; leaders in business, faith, and philanthropy; directly impacted people and others. Click here for more information about the Council on Criminal Justice.
Thank you to everyone who attended our first College Initiative virtual graduation celebration on Thursday, June 18th. The virtual event consisted of both live remarks from our staff and students, in addition to pre-recorded videos from College Initiative graduates, staff members, and supporters. In case you experienced any technical difficulties during the virtual graduation (or if you’d just like to relive it), you can view our speakers’ pre-recorded remarks here: