Prison Reentry Institute

Program Website:

Contact: Katie Schaffer,, 212-393-6435, Bianca Vanheydoorn,

Program Description: We provide a continuum of college access. Inside prisons across New York State, we conduct college information/outreach sessions, provide college readiness classes, and administer a credited college program. In addition to the academic support, we engage students in reentry planning and parole preparation, and work with students to enroll in college on campus upon releases.

Degrees Offered: Not degree-granting

Programs Offered: n/a

Unique Features: We have a partnership with Tribeca Film Institute to train incarcerated workshop facilitators and screen films for the wider facility. Learning Exchanges bring on-campus John Jay students to share monthly classes with our incarcerated students.

Headquarters: New York

Correctional Facility Served: Otisville, Mid-State, Marcy, Greene, Queensboro, Edgecombe

College/University Affiliation: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Population Served: Men in medium security facilities

Year Founded: 2011

Number of Students: 50 in credited courses

Graduates to Date: 5

Founders: Baz Dreisinger (Academic Director and Founder), Jeremy Travis (President of John Jay College)

Funding: Second Chance Pell Pilot Program

Program Evaluation: Teaching evaluations

  • National Directory of Prison Education Programs