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Justice Education Initiative Partners

Carceral Partners

California Rehabilitation Center (CRC)
The California Rehabilitation Center is a medium level II correctional facility in Norco, CA. Led by Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins, the CRC has credit-bearing Inside-Out Prison Exchange courses taught by Claremont Colleges professors since 2014.  We will begin a Bachelor’s degree pathway at this facility beginning fall 2020.

California Institution for Women (CIW)
The Claremont Colleges have participated in co-curricular activities at CIW for over two decades.  The Justice Education Initiative is working with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Institution for Women to establish an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.  We hope to begin offering credit-bearing Inside-Out courses spring 2020.

Camp Afflerbaugh-Paige
Camp Afflerbaugh-Paige (Camp AP) is a Los Angeles County juvenile probation camp located in La Verne, CA, that houses male wards ages 13-18 for sentences of 6-18 months. The wards attend Camp AP high school. Pitzer established a partnership with Camp AP in 2001, and Pitzer students work in the high school classrooms designing or facilitating educational programs.

Prototypes Women’s Center Pomona
The Justice Education Initiative is working with the California Pregnant Mother’s Program at Prototypes to create an Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program.  The goal of the CPMP program is to provide a safe, stable, and stimulating environment for women currently serving prison time.  This program allows mothers who are pregnant or who have children under the age of 6 to serve their sentence at Prototypes.

Community Organization Partners

Crossroads, Inc.
Crossroads provides housing, education, career services and counseling at no cost to women who have been incarcerated. Located in Claremont, CA, the nonprofit’s goal is to empower women and help them to become contributing members of society.

Insight Garden Program
The Insight Garden Program (IGP) transforms prisoners’ lives through creating a connection to nature. IGP facilitates an innovative curriculum combined with vocational gardening and landscaping training so that people in prison can reconnect to self, community, and the natural world. This “inner” and “outer” gardening approach transforms lives, ends ongoing cycles of incarceration, and creates safer communities.  The Claremont College’s Justice Education Initiative will partner with this program at the California Institution for Women beginning fall 2019.

Prototypes Women’s Center Pomona
Prototypes Center for Innovation in Health, Mental Health and Social Services is a nonprofit agency that was founded in 1986 to help “women and their families who are dealing with complex problems such as substance abuse, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, domestic violence and other trauma.”

The Reintegration Academy
Founded in 2009, the Reintegration Academy brings 30 parolees to Pitzer College for 10 weeks. The Reintegration Academy helps to create a “Prison-to-School Pipeline.”

Starting Over, Inc.
Starting Over, Inc. specializes in providing transitional housing and reentry services while helping to build strong communities through recovery, civic engagement, and leadership development.

Collegiate Partners and The Claremont Colleges Consortium

Norco College
Norco College is a community college that prepares students to transfer to four-year universities or to enter the workforce fully prepared for their chosen career.  The Claremont College’s Justice Education Initiative partners with Norco College at the California Rehabilitation Center to provide higher education opportunities.

5C Prison Abolition Collective (Web Site)
The 5C Prison Abolition Collective is a student-led group that seeks to create critical dialogue about the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) and prison abolition in order to deconstruct the conventional idea that imprisonment is the solution to social problems. The group aims to generate a movement on the Claremont Colleges and beyond to directly engage with communities affected by the PIC and to work toward building proactive solutions alternative to imprisonment.

Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration
The Justice Education Initiative is one of the first major projects coordinated by the Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration (OCAC). Founded in 2017 by the presidents of The Claremont Colleges, the OCAC provides ongoing support for joint academic priorities across the colleges.

Pitzer College Community Engagement Center
Pitzer College’s Community Engagement Center (CEC) supports faculty, students, staff and partner organizations advancing social responsibility and community engagement through research, service, advocacy and action.

Prison Education Project
Founded by Cal Poly Pomona Professor Renford Reese, the Prison Education Project (PEP) expands educational opportunities for inmates in 12 California correctional facilities. With the assistance of 1,000 university student and faculty volunteers, PEP has worked with approximately 6,000 inmates in these facilities since 2011. PEP is the largest volunteer-based prison education program of its kind in the US.