MEDIA ADVISORY: Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers and Advocates Rally to Restore In-Prison Education

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY

Contact: Liz Holliday, EIO Communications Associate, 646-380-7783, eholliday@collegeandcommunity.org

***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22***

Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers and Advocates Rally to Restore In-Prison Education

Groups to call for reinstatement of Pell and TAP Grants for in-prison college programs, ahead of City Council hearing

Formerly incarcerated New Yorkers and criminal justice reform advocates will rally to restore higher education funding and grant eligibility to incarcerated students, ahead of a City Hall hearing on in-prison education reform on Tuesday, September 22. Council members organized the hearing in response to the Obama Administration’s plan to temporarily restore Pell Grant eligibility to a select group of incarcerated students.

Advocates from the College & Community Fellowship (CCF) and members of the Education from the Inside Out Coalition (EIO), a nonpartisan advocacy group seeking to remove barriers to higher education for currently and formerly incarcerated students, will share personal stories of their challenges as students in prison and call for full restoration of federal Pell Grant and New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants for incarcerated students.

WHAT:           Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers and Advocates Rally to Restore In-Prison Education

WHEN:           Tuesday, September 22 at 9:30am

WHERE:         City Hall Steps, Manhattan

WHO:            

Raul Baez, formerly incarcerated father and Education from the Inside Out Coalition member

Mel Gagarin, Senior Associate of Public Affairs, College & Community Fellowship and Education from the Inside Out Coalition

Lorna Woodham, Chair, Education from the Inside Out Coalition TAP and Pell Grant Working Group

Bianca van Heydoorn, Director of Educational Initiatives, Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Ronald Day, Associate Vice President of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at the Fortune Society

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