When They See Us

This Netflix mini-series documents the true story of five young men who were wrongfully charged with the brutal rape and assault of a woman in Central Park in 1989.

Employment Challenges for the Formerly Incarcerated

This study reveals just how difficult it is for formerly incarcerated individuals to find work--in fact about 30% are unemployed. People of color and women make up the vast majority of that 30%. This is tied to increased homelessness and food insecurity among these populations in addition to contributing to the wage gap.

Why Ex-Prisoners Struggle to Successfully Reintegrate into Society

By Dr. Michael Pittaro, Faculty Member, Criminal Justice at American Military University

Every week, more than 10,000 prisoners are released from America’s state and federal prisons, equating to more than 650,000 ex-prisoners annually reintegrating into society, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. However, recidivism rates are extremely high with approximately two-thirds of ex-prisoners being rearrested within three years of release, according to the Recidivism Center. It’s estimated that nine million offenders return to prison annually.

Prisoner access to Pell Grants needs to be reinstated now. Here's why. (Op-Ed)

By Arthur Rizer and John B. King Jr.

America has long heralded education as a primary means for growth and transformation. It is for this reason that Congress established Basic Educational Opportunity Grants, later called Pell Grants, in 1972, thereby providing federal postsecondary-education funding for our nation’s underserved students. Yet for the last two decades, federal law has banned incarcerated individuals — arguably those whose transformation is utmost paramount — from accessing this funding. As a result, we have greatly limited the opportunities for these individuals to pursue postsecondary education in prison and to succeed upon re-entry. 

It’s time for Congress to reverse that decision and reinstate Pell eligibility for those in prison.