The Issue

Higher education lowers recidivism rates, which creates cost savings for correctional systems. Barriers to education for criminal justice-involved people undermine successful  reentry and prevent people from fulfilling their potential.

Current Initiatives

New York City and State

Policy Recommendations

  • No consideration of non-convictions or irrelevant convictions: Universities and colleges should not consider arrests that did not lead to a conviction. They should consider only criminal convictions that are relevant to the safety and security of the campus.
  • Fair admissions practices: Universities and colleges that receive public funding should be required to implement fair admissions policies that consider a student’s suitability for admission in its entirety, including how long ago a criminal conviction occurred and evidence of the student’s rehabilitation.
  • No student aid restrictions: Student loans, grants, and other public funding for college should not be restricted because of a criminal record. People should be able to receive student aid when they are incarcerated. 

Learn More

To learn more about this issue, visit our Criminal Justice Resources.

To learn more about LAC’s impact, see our Accomplishments.

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