Mapping the Landscape of Higher Education in New York State Prisons

This report is intended to help state and local policymakers, institutions of higher education, DOCCS, advocates, and the general public understand the landscape of college education programs in prison, appreciate their value, and strategize about how to build on current success. The report describes the two systems – higher education and corrections – that are seemingly distinct, yet come together to provide access to college education for incarcerated people. We look at the challenges in meshing these two systems, how both corrections and college staff work to overcome problems, and what might be the next steps to build on the strong foundation of higher education in prison.