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Project Rebound: Supporting the Formerly Incarcerated

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Project Rebound, a program that supports and helps reintegrate formerly incarcerated students into the California State University system, has been incredibly successful. Over 93% of Project Rebound students are still in school after one year compared with 83% of CSU students overall, and their recidivism rate is zero compared with 50% for the state.

This year the biggest challenge is doing all that during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s infected everything,” said Brady Heiner, chair of the California State University Project Rebound Consortium and founder and executive director of Project Rebound at CSUF. “We’ve had to change on a dime to shift many of our forms of student support into virtual modalities.” Tutoring, supplemental instruction, advising and formal mentorship with professionals in the community have all gone online.

Continue reading in the Orange County Register.