From Prison Cells to PhD, Inc.
The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other country in the world (2.3 million people with an additional 4.7 million under supervision, with 70 percent being people-of-color). Obtaining higher education reduced the rate of returning to prison by 43 percent and was 4 to 5 times LESS costly than reincarcerating that person. Education provides opportunities for people with criminal records to move beyond their experiences with the system and reach their full potentials. Furthering one’s education is healthy to individuals, their families, and the community, by increasing income and reducing crime. Stanley’s vision for a Culture of Health is one of inclusivity, equal justice, and equal educational and employment opportunity for all people. As a young black male assistant professor at a top predominantly white institution and a top historically-black-college-and-university, and as a formerly incarcerated person, he has seen first-hand the disparities and inequities of society and the underrepresentation in medicine and science from multiple diverse perspectives.
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Dr. Andrisse is a formerly incarcerated person with three felony convictions, sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking. He is now an endocrinologist scientist and faculty at Howard University College of Medicine and Georgetown Medical Center. Furthering one’s education is paramount to successful reentry into society.