PRI Receives Mellon Foundation Grant to Continue Multi-Faceted Strategy to Increase College Access

New York, NY – The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is proud to announce it has received a $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in continuation of PRI’s work in three related areas—expanding its college-in-prison program, the Prison-to-College Pipeline (P2CP); working within CUNY (City University of New York) on a university-wide strategy for supporting students after justice involvement; and contributing toward a coordinated, statewide approach for providing higher education in correctional facilities.

“I am honored that the Mellon Foundation continues to believe in our mission and support this work,” said PRI Executive Director Ann Jacobs. “PRI is committed to creating opportunities for people to live successfully in the community after involvement with the justice system.”

Given its position in CUNY, PRI recognizes that higher education is transformational for people with justice system involvement and provides students with the framework for personal and social growth, as well as the means to a sustainable and fulfilling life.

The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) is one of twelve institutes that collectively comprise the Research Consortium of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) is an international leader in educating for justice and a Hispanic Serving Institution and Minority Serving Institution, offering a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations.