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Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.
Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Why education in prison matters to democracy

Despite similar crime rates, the US incarceration rate is more than five times that of comparable countries. Out of every 100,000 Americans, 693 are in prison—a number that has multiplied in the past four decades.

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

“Pushout” author Monique Morris on what’s driving the criminalization of black girls in America

Stereotypes and stigma make black female students vulnerable to mistreatment and criminalization in school.

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Financial aid just got easier for millions of students

President Obama announced a major improvement to the federal student aid application process, making it easier for students to tap into needed Pell Grants and other college aid. 

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Opportunity and dignity for incarcerated Americans

People incarcerated in federal and state prisons will be eligible to receive federal aid to take the college courses that will prepare them to be thoughtful, responsible, engaged members of their communities—and help keep them from returning to prison.

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

How prison education can transform lives and renew communities

Prison education can have a transformative affect on incarcerated people.