College & Community Fellowship applauds Senator Schatz’s inclusion of educational provisions for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated in government spending package
For Immediate Release: October 2, 2018

New York, NY – Last Friday, President Donald Trump signed the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019, a spending bill that will avert a government shutdown. There had been doubts about whether the president would sign the bill, given that he called its lack of funding for a wall along the southern border “ridiculous”. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), a champion for access to higher education, ensured the bill included language that encourages the Department of Education to share “Beyond the Box” guidance, encourages the DOE to use a third-party evaluator to conduct an objective evaluation of the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative, and recommends that the DOE designate Federal Student Aid staff who specialize in working with incarcerated students. These three common-sense policy interventions are designed to make education more accessible to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students. Senator Schatz has been leading the charge to make education more accessible to those impacted by the criminal justice system, and the inclusion of this language comes after years of work by advocates, including College & Community Fellowship, to increase access to education. 


Quote from Vivian Nixon, Executive Director of College & Community Fellowship, formerly incarcerated advocate for criminal justice reform

“The president purports that building walls will reduce crime, yet his analysis of crime and its causes is predicated on stereotypes, stigma, and fearmongering. If we want to meaningfully address the problem of incarceration and recidivism, which have largely targeted marginalized communities of color, we have to look to evidence-based and people-centered practices that reinvest in poorly resourced communities. Senator Schatz’s advocacy and work around Second Chance Pell Grants and “Beyond the Box” advances justice by creating pathways for those impacted by the criminal justice system to more easily access education. We applaud Senator Schatz for being a champion for communities that have been hit hard by a harsh regime of punishment and reduced access to education.” 


College & Community Fellowship (CCF) is a non-profit dedicated to helping formerly incarcerated women earn their college degrees as a key strategy to successful reentry. CCF mentors students until graduation day, providing academic support, financial coaching, and other opportunities to build social capital. We approach systemic change through our national advocacy and technical assistance programs.

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College & Community Fellowship (CCF) is a nonprofit dedicated to helping women with criminal convictions earn college degrees so that they, their families, and their communities can thrive. We advocate for equity and opportunity for the communities we serve.

CCF supports students until graduation day and beyond, providing academic support, career coaching, financial development, and much more. We approach systemic change through our national advocacy and technical assistance programs.