Note: Colorado will be used as a model in this presentation. Participants will learn strategies they can use to replicate Colorado’s successful initiatives in their states and on their campuses.
States and communities struggle with the social and monetary costs of high recidivism rates. Colorado is no exception: Approximately 50 percent of individuals released from prison find themselves back in the system within three years. At an average cost of $30,000 per year to house a prisoner, it’s an expensive cycle for everyone.
Now Colorado is trying to change the way it looks at incarceration and re-entry.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that education plays a role in reducing recidivism. The Colorado Department of Corrections is seeking to ensure that every individual released from prison has at least a GED, and that those who have graduated from high school or have a GED have the opportunity to learn a skill before they are released. And working with the state’s institutions of higher education, many offenders are now being released with college credits.
Once released, we know that individuals struggle with successful re-entry into the community. College In Colorado, an initiative of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, recently launched “Own Your Future,” a free website designed to help offenders released from incarceration become productive members of society. Own Your Future, developed in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Corrections and experts across the state, aims to reduce recidivism by helping ex-offenders develop and successfully implement plans focused on education and employment that will help them avoid violating the terms of their release or reoffending.
While some may recognize the benefits of an education, often these individuals who are on probation or who have been in prison do not have the background, skills, knowledge, or courage to even think about going to college. A number of community colleges in Colorado have implemented programs targeting ex-offenders, offering them increased services, counseling and other preparation to go on to postsecondary education.
This webinar will look at these successful initiatives, why they make sense, and also how the college initiatives can be replicated on other campuses.
- Understand why it’s important that we do more than just incarcerate
- Review reasons why college campuses should consider a program for ex-offenders
- Discuss what makes these ex-offenders different than other students
- Discover the successful components of a college campus initiative
- Learn how corrections, probation, parole, and institutions of higher education can work together
- Leave with successful strategies they can use to replicate Colorado’s successful initiatives in their states and on their campuses
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- Admissions & Enrollment Services
- Advising, Counseling & Career Services
- Disabilities Services
- Financial Aid
- Retention Specialist
- Student Life
- Veteran Services
- Accreditation & Assessment
- Campus Safety
- Developmental Education
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- First Year Experience
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