Menu Search

REGISTER: Sign up to run in this summer's BTN Big 10K

Latest Mountainview Program News

BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers' prison-to-college program opens up better life paths

Reflecting on when he began tutoring young inmates over a decade ago, Donald Roden modestly says, “I certainly didn’t anticipate this in 2002.” From those humble origins came the Mountainview Program, now a successful prison-to-college pathway at Rutgers. Roden, a professor of Japanese history at the university, began as a volunteer GED tutor at the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility. Over time, he learned that community-college courses were offered to inmates who’d earned their GED. Two years later, he established a program to bridge the gap between correctional facilities and a college education. With support and advice from his colleagues and