Effective Prison to School Pipeline

Angela Laureano : African American Studies, Public Policy Minor

Mentor: Amy Lerman, Public Policy

Angela’s research will analyze the institutional and personal barriers affecting formerly incarcerated people trying to pursue higher education. This study will highlight their personal narratives, as they attempt to overcome structural barriers. Previous qualitative research on formerly incarcerated people who  participate in prison college programs reveals that having access to education support is crucial for their involvement in higher education post-release. Scholars, however, call for more research looking at the effects of these academic programs in prison and their impact on participants once released. Through qualitative interviews with formerly incarcerated people, Angela’s study will address why some formerly incarcerated people do not pursue a higher education, and for those that do attend college, what resources impact their ability to graduate.