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Currently and Formerly Incarcerated

            2018 Report on Incarcerated Students

The Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Unit of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is dedicated to building and maintaining partnerships among the state’s community colleges, selected four-year educational institutions and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  The California community colleges have a long history of serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students through regular and long-distance education.  Current efforts to assist the state’s incarcerated and formerly incarcerated population resulted from two key pieces of legislation: Senate Bill 1391 (2014), and Proposition 57 (2016).  As of fall 2017, 22 community colleges are providing instruction and student support services to more than 7,000 students in the state’s 35 prisons. 

SB 1391 (Hancock) introduced an opportunity for community colleges and state prisons to coordinate the offering of face-to-face instruction in programs that lead toward degrees or certificates that result in enhanced workforce skills.  Concomitantly, the passage of the popular criminal justice reform initiative, Proposition 57, “Incentivizes inmates to take responsibility for their own rehabilitation with credit-earning opportunities for sustained good behavior, as well as in-prison program and activities participation.”

Over the years, the costs for housing a prisoner in California have risen significantly.  Since 2005, the cost for housing a prisoner has doubled and continue to grow, surging by approximately 13% since 2015.  According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, published June 4, 2017, recent cost expectations in this area exceed $75,000 per year per prisoner; more than the cost to attend Harvard University.  It makes a good deal of sense to implement initiatives and other legal provisions that reduce these costs with the added bonus of further educating this population and making our communities safer.

There are significant numbers of studies that demonstrate that providing and supporting continuing education for the incarcerated produce benefits that go beyond the needs and motives of the individual and address those of the larger, general society as well.  The work of the Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Education Unit continues to focus upon serving colleges and students to provide technical assistance and leadership that can contribute to the successful formation of partnerships in education and rehabilitation.

Re-entry Grants

Final Intent to Award Notification for RFA 18-087, Amendment 1, Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Students Reentry Program, April 3, 2019

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is pleased to announce the creation of the Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Students Reentry Program grants. Budget Assembly Trailer Bill 1809 provides one-time funding of $5,000,000 to establish or support programs serving formerly incarcerated students enrolled in community college, or providing face-to-face instruction to community college students in prison or jail. The grants will be focused on the students’ reentry into their communities in order for this underrepresented group to succeed. The services will provide the foundation of the four pillars of guided pathways, which includes clear guidance that leads to the development of job skills, attainment of certificate and/or Associates degree, and/or the ability to transfer to a four-year university. It is the intent of the Chancellor’s Office to award up to 50 grants with $5,000,000 in funds for reentry students into the community college system. The primary purpose of this RFA is to provide funding for program development and implementation of educational support services for reentry of currently and formerly incarcerated students.



   Contact Information  

Raul Arambula
Dean, Intersegmental Support

Leslie LeBlanc
Specialist, Intersegmental Support


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