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Ronald Pierce, Formerly Incarcerated, Now an Advocate of Voting Rights for Those with Criminal Convictions

Thirty years. Eight months. Fourteen days. That’s how much time out of his 30-to-life sentence Ronald Pierce served in New Jersey’s maximum security prisons before being paroled.

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RU-N Attends Second Chance Pell Pilot Program’s Inaugural Convening

Representatives from Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N), the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC), and Raritan Valley Community College traveled to Washington, DC, on July 19, 2016, to attend the inaugural convening

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NJ-STEP Partners, RU-N and RVCC, Will Participate in U.S. DOE’s Second Chance Pell Pilot Program

The Department of Education announced today that Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N) is among 67 colleges and universities selected to participate in the new Second Chance Pell pilot program, an experiment announced in July

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RU-N Welcomes Its First Cohort of NJ-STEP Students

This fall Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) welcomes its first cohort of 10 students whose college careers began through the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) program.

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NJ-STEP Changing Lives Behind Bars: Q&A with Provost Todd Clear

George Washington Carver said, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door to freedom.” In prison, freedom is an elusive luxury and prisoners’ lives are often defined by deprivation and restraint.

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