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JIE Initiative receives renewed Mellon Foundation Award

May 4, 2018 JIE Updates

The Justice-in-Education Initiative has received renewed funding of 1.7 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue its work of providing educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. 

Over the past three years, the Justice-in-Education Initiative has become a model for other universities seeking to increase educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students. To date, the Initiative has provided more than two dozen college courses in nearby correctional facilities (Sing Sing, Taconic, Bedford Hills, and Metropolitan Detention Center) and has made it possible for more than 30 students returning home from prison to continue their education at Columbia. The work of faculty and students in the Initiative has also helped to incorporate issues of justice into the University’s curriculum.

The grant renewal will ensure the longevity of the Initiative, and contribute to expanding and strengthening its programs. 

Read more about the Mellon award here.