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Donate to the Justice Education Initiative

With your support, the Justice Education Initiative can continue to foster transformative carceral education and dynamic intercollegiate leadership around one of the most pressing social dilemmas of our time.

On December 10, 2020, the Justice Education Initiative launched the first in-prison bachelor’s degree program for currently incarcerated students based on Inside-Out curriculum. A cohort of students at the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) will officially matriculate in spring 2021, and all expect to graduate with BA’s in organizational studies by the end of the year. At that time, over 50 of these dynamic Inside-Out courses will have been taught at CRC, and over 40 faculty members across the Claremont Consortium will have been trained to teach them. These classes have proven deeply transformative not only for our inaugural cohort of incarcerated students, but for students across the Claremont Colleges: demonstrated by the fact that 12% of all Fulbright Scholarship nominations this year are prison-related research proposals directly influenced by students’ experiences with inside-out classes and the Justice Education Initiative.

Our deep collective interest in and shared commitment to ending the injustices of mass incarceration drive our determination not only to further expand this unique model of carceral education and all the opportunities for positive growth it entails, but also to develop an intercollegiate major and minor pathway in Justice Education Studies at the Claremont Colleges. Ultimately, our aim is to establish a permanent Center for Justice Education that will serve as a hub for pioneering theoretical and pragmatic work on one of the defining social issues of our contemporary age. Your contributions provide not only for the immediate needs of both inside and outside students today, but also for a future in which the injustices of mass incarceration no longer cast their long shadows over our shared hopes for a society defined by equity, dignity, and justice.