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08/02/18: BRIC Free Speech Initiative Graduates Five NYU PEP Alumni

In a first-time partnership, BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech initiative partnered with the NYU Prison Education Program and graduated a class of five students with  certification in podcast and video production.

06/27/18: Universities Are Hotbeds of Scholarship on Mass Incarceration. But Are They Doing Enough to Fix the Problem?

The Chronicle of Higher Ed. features the NYU Prison Education Program in a discussion about the role of Universities and ending mass incarceration.

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

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.

02/20/18: Event Recap of After Now: Navigating Life After Prison

The NYU Center for the Humanities hosted the premiere screening of After Now, a documentary film following three PEP students transitioning to life in New York City after years of incarceration.

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

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 with the program.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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