Policy Maker

“CCF’s direct service informs EIO’s advocacy and public policy work – although they are separate organizations, they positively build on each other.”
–Debbie Meyer, CCF Board Member


Our Commitment to Change

Led by College & Community Fellowship, along with JustLeadership USA and the Center for Community Alternatives, the Education from the Inside Out Coalition (EIO) is committed to the removal of barriers to higher education facing individuals with criminal justice involvement, including currently and formerly incarcerated individuals.

Current EIO Campaigns:

Criminal History Screenings in College Admissions – EIO supports efforts to end the use of criminal history screenings of applicants during the admission process at colleges and universities. Over the past decade, colleges and universities across the United States, including the State University of New York (SUNY), have increasingly included criminal history screenings in their admissions processes. These policies are being implemented despite the fact that there is virtually no evidence to suggest that past criminal histories of students are relevant risk factors that affect the rate of crime on campuses. At best, these screenings serve no legitimate purpose, at worst they threaten to roll back the gains of Brown vs. Board of Education and violate the spirit of educational opportunity for all.

Federal Pell Grant and NY State TAP Grant Eligibility: EIO opposes federal and state bans on need-based financial aid for postsecondary correctional education, including the 1994 federal ban on Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated students, along with the 1995 New York State ban on Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grant eligibility. Eliminating these funds decimated in-prison education in federal and state correctional institutions across the United States to the detriment of students with criminal justice involvement, despite the effectiveness of these education programs on reducing recidivism. Nationally postsecondary correctional education programs fell from 350 to eight and in New York State from 70 to four.

Please visit the Education from the Inside Out Coalition website often for updated information at www.eiocoalition.org