Is College for me? Yes it is! No matter what your involvement with the criminal jusitice system is or how rocky your educational pathway has been, college may still be an option for you! Getting an education can be both empowering and scary for anyone. Due to many stereotypes and incorrect information individuals who have had involvement with the crimnial justice system feel pressure when looking at their options for higher education. Eduaction is something everyone should have access to. CUP partnered with the Prisoner Reentry Institute and designer Miles Barretto to create a handle held guide for individuals who have or have had involvement with the criminal justice system in order to smoothen the process of gaining insight on how they can best appraoch obtaining a higher education.

Resources & Links

Prisoner Reentry Institute  PRI’s diversified portfolio reflects an overall focus on understanding what it takes for people to live successfully in their communities after contact with the criminal justice system, and on increasing the effectiveness of the professionals who work with them. We do this through our three main tracks of policy advocacy, direct service practice, and collaborative partnerships.

Miles Barretto  is a graphic designer based in New York. Through his design, he engages in topics that tackle various social and cultural issues.

Public Access Design projects use design to make complex urban issues accessible to the people most affected by them.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Council Members Board Lander, Carlos Menchaca, and Antonio Reynoso.

Special Thanks

Christine Gaspar, Ingrid Haftel, Frampton Tolbert, Silviano Christman, Leslie, Richard Thomas, Kenneth Rivera, Alex Noes, Emmerson Bastien, Jason Glass, Jonathan Molina, Manuel Nuñez, and all others that provided feedback on the project.


  • CUP
  • Oscar Nuñez
  • Nick Johnson
  • Prisoner Reentry Institute
  • Carlos Quintana
  • Nicole Dreisbach
  • Bianca van Heydoorn
  • Shameeka Mattis
  • Design
  • Miles Barretto