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Hi all. While we're getting started, I wanted to share the good news from Friday that the House voted on its appropriations bill which inclues Pell reinstatement for all people in prison. For more background, see https://www.vera.org/newsroom/u-s-house-of-representatives-votes-to-lift-the-ban-on-pell-grants-for-people-in-prison
Thanks to all who shared their stories and their time. It all matters with these big federal policies.
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ICYMI from the start of the webinar: I wanted to share the good news from Friday that the House voted on its appropriations bill which inclues Pell reinstatement for all people in prison. For more background, see https://www.vera.org/newsroom/u-s-house-of-representatives-votes-to-lift-the-ban-on-pell-grants-for-people-in-prison
My "big" question for today is as follows... if a correctional facility has a number of sites... for example, SCDC has 21 sites... will satellite status need to be given to all 21 sites? With COVID (and assuming MOU approval) Claflin might be in anywhere from 4-5 sites up to 21. Or would SCDC be considered ONE satellite site regardless of how many individuals sites within SCDC? I hope this makes sense. Thanks.
Which 8 states do not have 2nd Chance Pell sites?
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@Roger - AK, NH, ID, NV, MT, WY, ND, SD
Hi Belinda, good question. Most likely SACS will want to add each location as an additional location IF you are offering more than 50% of a degree at that location.
Thanks for the clarification, Brian. :)
What issues do you encounter when moving a former inmate to on-campus studies? GA has laws that regulate the proximity of certain offenders to educational facilities.
Roger, does GA have laws regulating proximity to higher education? I've only seen those types of laws in relation to primary education/minor learners
That is correct but we have middle and high school facilities across the street from our main campus.
Am I understanding correctly that CSULA has established Lancaster as its own satellite campus?
sorry, I will move.
Thanks Michael for your question. We will ask it during Q&A.
Thank you, I'm curious if that has benefits compared to serving the prison from an already established satellite campus nearby.
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no worries! Thanks for persevering
Does the prison allow peer tutoring among inside students? Or tutors are only outside students?
Hi, all. Just a reminder to post Qs here for our speakers. What stands out about speaker comments. What Qs does this raise? What do you want to know more about?
@michael braun -- peer tutors are critical assets in the prison we serve
Carla, if this is a full day experience, what else do you do with the day beyond a presentation by a faculty member?
Would you mind addressing some ways you've been able to work with prison admins in order to bring content they might find objectionable? And, how those issues might be playing out on the prison yards?
For integrated prison/community classes, how many students in total in a class? Is it a 50/50% proportion? Are incarcerated students in these classes screened for exclusion of specific crimes?
Maureen, in our Inside/Out based program, we use 15 inside students and 15 outside students
That is a big number for a prison class, at least in DE. Is the prison a minimum, medium or max level?
is the start of the semester the same as on campus? wondering since I get the sense that financial aid rules and FAFSA are tied to that date
Maureen - some colleges I work with in MA and NJ set a limit on participation that prioritizes incarcerated students. With this approach, there would always need to be at lest one more incarcerated as opposed to visiting students.
thanks everyone for sharing.
The I/O courses I coordinate for our jail, our CDCR programs are not I/O, they're traditional transfer AA programs, min. 27 students, max prisons
We try to keep a balance of 10 & 10 students in the Learning Exchange classes.
Cal State LA follows the same academic calendar at the prison as we do on the main campus
@Taffany, I was discussing with Alan Mobley about peer tutors, but we were envisioning students who had already been through the program. not sending students from the campus. Is that how you're doing it?
we do not bring in outside students.
We try to start the semester as near as possible as the same time. Sometimes we have to start a few days early. We get a lot of special permissions from financial aid and the registrar etc in order to make it all work.! One reason it is so important to build good relations with folks in all relevant campus departments. I am always asking for special favors. But we try to replicate the college process and calendar as much as possible.
What other questions do you have for our panelists?
What kinds of institutional policies have you either implemented or utilized to maintain control over course assignment? For example, how would you handle a professor who was a poor fit but didn't acknowledge it?
Do any of you offer courses for the COs themselves? We are pondering this as a way to make sure the COs have the same access to the education we are providing (right now, they can get hired without having an AA degree)
@Brenda, one of the Inside/Out courses I'm currently designed is intended to have 15 inside students and 15 outside students...with the outside students being COs
and our jail staff request to be in the classes, which I respond with my only requirement for them is they have to come in plain clothes, off duty
(haven't been taken up on that, yet)
@Brenda, Claflin will be offering courses to Corrections staff members too (at a reduced rate). We are hoping that will help support "buy-In"\
If you have questions about this type of policy - your Vera contact can help you look into restrictions on reentry
*related to being near different types of community institutions or organizations
Thank to our great panelists!
On the idea of making classes available to corrections staff, we at Vera can definitely put you in touch with some of the programs that have done so so you can hear what has worked
Thank you, Vera, for these phenomenal workshops!!!! We appreciate you so much! :)
Thanks Belinda. We appreciate all your good questions!
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Thank you Taffany, Carla, and Christine for speaking and sharing your insights!
And thank you to all of our participants today!
Thank you Ruth
Thank you, really appreciate the expertise and time
Thank you, this has been very valuable!
So glad I've been able to attend the full series!
Thanks everyone! The series has been informative and helpful.
Thank you. Vera is wonderful!
these trainings have been great! thanks!
Thank you everyone!
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