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03/26/18: NYU's Prison Education Program Receives $1 Million Grant from Mellon Foundation

NYU has received a $1 million, three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its Prison Education Program (PEP), an initiative that brings a college education to incarcerated individuals at New York’s Wallkill Correctional Facility.

03/20/18: Event Recap of After Now: Navigating Life After Prison

“I learned a word in school, euphoric. That’s what this is. Euphoric.”

These powerful words were shared in the film After Now by documentary participant Earl Neal, who was describing the experience of leaving prison. After Now (2018) captures the joys and challenges of navigating life after prison, and the ways that incarceration touches us all. Following three people, and their families, for a one-year cycle, the film captures everyday life in New York City and the complexities of what it’s like to transition from prison back into society.

On February 20, 2018, the NYU Center for the Humanities hosted the premiere screening of the film, along with a talk-back with the documentary participants and creators, with the NYU Prison Education Program.

 

01/30/18: Watch: Video of First NYU Graduation at Wallkill C.F.

10/16/17: NYU's Prison Education Program Celebrates First Graduation

Photos by Kate Lord:

Five men became the first graduates of NYU’s Prison Education Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility on October 12, 2017. The graduates earned Associate of Arts Degrees from New York University in Liberal Studies through their coursework with the program.

10/13/17: NYU's Prison Education Program Graduates Five Students in Inaugural Class

Photo and story by Sayer Devlin, News Editor, as published in the Washington Square News:

“Ryan Burrell, Roy Burvick, Danis Flores, Khalan Pendelton and Vincent Thompson became the first graduates of NYU’s Prison Education Program yesterday afternoon. All five students received associate’s degrees in Liberal Studies.”

08/07/17: Governor Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Vance Announce Recipients of $7.3 Million Investment in College-Level Education and Reentry Services

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced today that they’ve awarded $7.3 million to fund educational programming and reentry services at 17 New York State prisons over the next five years. The College-in-Prison Reentry Program is being funded through the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative. It will create more than 2,500 seats for college-level education and training for incarcerated New Yorkers across the state.

08/06/17: NYU Prison Education Program Announced Recipient of New York State Grant as Part of Governor Cuomo's Plan to Bring College Classes to About 2,500 Incarcerated People

On August 6th, 2017, the New York Times published that more than $7 million in grants have been awarded to a variety of colleges around the state as part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to increase college courses offered in prisons. In a press release from the Manhattan DA’s Office, New York University Prison Education Program has been announced as one of seven New York State colleges and universities to receive the grant funded through the  Criminal Justice Investment Initiative. 

The CJII was founded to invest criminal forfeiture funds, secured by the Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., for innovative projects that improve public safety, prevent crime, and promote a fair and effective justice system.

Faculty Director of the NYU Prison Education Program, Nikhil Pal Singh, responded to the news by saying:

“We are very gratified to have received this support from the District Attorney’s office and the state of New York. This fall, our first five students will receive an Associate of Arts degree from New York University in Liberal Studies. With this support, we will now be able to continue, and expand this program, and extend this educational opportunity to more individuals in prison and upon their release. “