Date of Graduation

Winter 12-16-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Human Rights Education (HRE)


School of Education


International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Rosa M. Jimenez, Ph.D.


Given the realities of mass incarceration in the United States, the disproportionate effects that the criminal justice system has on already marginalized populations-particularly men of color-and our currently very high rates at which the formerly incarcerated return to prisons or jails, it is necessary to determine which programs reduce recidivism and create new opportunities for the formerly incarcerated. As the research has shown that educational opportunities for the currently and formerly incarcerated are successful at reducing recidivism rates, these types of opportunities have become more widely available. By the end of 2016, community college courses will be offered in prisons and jails across the state of California at rates higher than they have been in decades and the public postsecondary education community in the state has already created pathways for formerly incarcerated students to access four year institutions after their incarceration. This project asserts that private postsecondary institutions in California should implement programs on their campuses to increase access to higher education for formerly incarcerated students, collects and documents best practices based on the literature and existing programs, and includes a proposal for the University of San Francisco to implement a recruitment and retention strategy for formerly incarcerated students. The planned programming includes recommendations for admission and financial aid policies, support programs and other considerations of the lived experiences of students with criminal justice histories.