Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Sean Pica, executive director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, returns to the DMA to give an update on his organization’s work, including some exciting new initiatives that have been rolled out in the last few years. Hudson Link partners with a number of colleges, including Mercy, Vassar, Columbia and Nyack, to provide college degree programs in New York State prisons. The organization has experienced tremendous growth since he last visited with us, with more prison programs launched, much larger enrollment and many more degrees granted. Hudson Link also has expanded into other related areas, including a new initiative in temporary post-release housing.

Sean will share the details of Hudson Link’s current activities and recent developments in prison education and post-release support. Most important, the number of released alumni has increased damatically, and their success on the outside is noteworthy: The vast majority are employed within six months of release; 34% of graduates pursue graduate degrees; and while 43% of released prisoners in New York return to prison within three years, only 4% of released Hudson Link alumni have gone back to prison. Several Hudson Link alumni, now productive members of their communities, will accompany Sean to share their experiences.

Arranged by Tom Lom