Harvard Educational Review
  1. Winter 2020 Issue »

    Getting the Debate Right

    The Second Chance Pell Program, Governor Cuomo’s Right Priorities Initiative, and the Involvement of Higher Education in Prison

    Patrick Filipe Conway
    This article takes up the central question of how college-level prison education programs should be justified and defended. Author Patrick Filipe Conway argues that the focus on recidivism rates as justification for major initiatives like the Second Chance Pell Program and New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s Right Priorities initiative is misguided and puts the long-term viability of prison education programs at risk. He builds his argument on an analysis of the funding sources for Cuomo’s initiative as well as on an exploration of the potential negative pedagogical impacts of justification through recidivism rates and taxpayer savings. The article contends that a better defense of college-level prison education is one that locates it as a type of firm counterbalance to the inherent inequities within our communities and the US judicial system, thus better capturing the full ethical responsibility behind the commitment to higher education in prison.

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    Patrick Filipe Conway (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9460-1960) is a doctoral candidate in higher education in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College, where he is also an instructor in the Prison Education Program. He previously worked as a criminal defense investigator for public defense offices in Washington, DC, and Boston. His research interests relate to the development and expansion of higher education opportunities in prison, including policy and media analysis, effective teaching practices, and the exploration of student experiences in prison. Conway is a contributor to The Arts Fuse, and his nonfiction writing has been recognized in the Best American Essays anthology (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015).
  2. Winter 2020 Issue


    Teachers’ Efforts to Support Undocumented Students Within Ambiguous Policy Contexts
    Hillary Parkhouse, Virginia R. Massaro, Melissa J. Cuba, and Carolyn N. Waters

    Book Notes

    Campus Counterspaces
    Micere Keels

    American Higher Education Since World War II
    Roger L. Geiger

    Talking About Leaving Revisited
    edited by Elaine Seymour and Anne-Barrie Hunter

    Moving Up Without Losing Your Way
    Jennifer M. Morton

    The Ocean in the School
    Rick Bonus

    Progressive Dystopia
    Savannah Shange

    Radical Hope
    Kevin M. Gannon

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