Alumni Impact

An alumni event in September featured a discussion with researchers Lois Davis and Priscillia Hunt, two of the current recipients of Alumni Impact Fund (AIF) support. They talked about their collaborative project to advance education opportunities and career prospects for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. They described the progress they have made, as well as how alumni support is helping to move their research closer to making a difference in people’s lives.

Lois Davis and Priscillia Hunt speak at an Alumni Impact Fund event, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

According to RAND research, providing access to college education for incarcerated adults can help reduce U.S. recidivism rates. Correctional education programs are also cost-effective. With support from the Alumni Impact Fund, Davis has translated her research findings into a document that can be readily shared, including through briefings with policymakers and government officials. In it, she describes what we know about higher education programs in prison—and what we should focus on going forward.

On October 15, RAND hosted a one-day symposium to explore ways researchers, policymakers, and practitioners can improve employment outcomes of people with criminal records. The conference, held in Washington, D.C. and supported with AIF funds, brought together public, private, and third-sector stakeholders. Participants examined whether criminal justice reform can help and whether federal, or state and local, policies are making a difference. They discussed employer-driven programs and best practices for hiring and talked about next steps that can be taken.

AIF dollars are supporting sustained and extensive outreach to raise the profile of RAND’s seminal research on correctional education and the employment of ex-offenders. Visit the Alumni Impact Fund page to learn more or to make a donation.