This guide was prepared under the direction of the Ofce of Correctional Education of the United StatesDepartment of Education’s Ofce of Vocational and Adult Education by the Prisoner Reentry Institute at JohnJay College of Criminal Justice. The authors are Anna Crayton and Nicole Lindahl of the Prisoner ReentryInstitute. This guide was prepared under the United States Department of Education Contract No.ED-06-PO-1807.
The views expressed in this guide are those of the authors. Contents do not necessarily represent the policyof the United States Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the FederalGovernment.
The Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice was established in February 2005. Itsmission is to spur innovation and improve practice in the eld of reentry by advancing knowledge; translatingresearch into effective policy and service delivery; and fostering effective partnerships between criminal justiceand non-criminal justice disciplines.
Material contained in this publication is in the public domain and may be reproduced, fully or partially,without permission of the authors or the Federal Government. Please cite as: Crayton, Anna and NicoleLindahl. 2007.
Back to School: A Guide to Continuing Your Education after Prison.
New York, NY: Prisoner Reentry Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
The authors wish to thank John Linton, Carlette Huntley, and Debbie Kalnasy of the Ofce of CorrectionalEducation of the United States Department of Education, for their continuous support, and Debbie Mukamal,Director of the Prisoner Reentry Institute, for her invaluable input and editorial suggestions. We also thankJason Hare for his creative direction and graphic design of this guide.
The following individuals contributed signicantly to the content of this guide: Lynne Bejoian, AssistantProfessor at Columbia University’s Teachers College; Arthur Clark, Education Specialist at North CarolinaDepartment of Correction; Gwynne Cunningham, Director of Specialized Programs for the VirginiaDepartment of Correctional Education; Candy Curl, Reentry Administrator at the Washington State Departmentof Corrections; Linda Hollmen, Director of Education for the New York State Department of CorrectionalServices; Jeff Mellow, Associate Professor of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at JohnJay College of Criminal Justice; and Allyson West, Director of the California Reentry Program. Staff of theFederal TRIO-Educational Talent Search Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, including SandyAlexandre, Feona Chance, Josena R. Couture, Alex Huezo, and Kris Resurreccion, provided valuablefeedback on tone and format. Staff of the College Initiative at Lehman College, including Charlene Grifn,Benay Rubenstein, and Cheryl Wilkins, provided information and brokered links to several of the formerlyincarcerated students who share their experiences within the guide. We also thank the students andgraduates of Patten University at San Quentin State Prison who reviewed the guide for accuracy,comprehensiveness, and clarity: Bobby Evans, Michael Humphrey, Felix Lucero, Truong (Jay) Ly, Jesus Mudo,Hector Oropeza, Mike Tyler, and Noel Valdivia.Finally, we offer a special thanks to the following individuals for contributing their personal experience to thisguide: Marvin Calvin, Luis Garcia, Troung (Jay) Ly, Amanda Seerattan, and Dwight Stephenson.
An electronic version of this guide is available for download at:http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/centersinstitutes/pri/publications.as