Upcoming Issues & New Request for Manuscripts


                                                         Call for Manuscript Proposals
                                                                        Special Issue
                                            Adult Education and Prisoner Reintegration
                                                                             Fall 2023
                                                  Editors: John R.Chaney & Colleen P. Eren
       Dialogues in Social Justice recognizes the need for a special issue to create a timely forum of
discussion to explore the pedagogical and programmatic issues, engagement strategies,
administrative obstacles, and long-term goals offered by governmental and nonprofit sectors that
address one of the most complex criminal and social justice issues of our time.
Recently enacted state legislation such as the Less is More Act in New York in 2021, and federal
legislation such as the First Step Act in 2018, place prison reentry education initiatives and their
increased reliance upon skilled community providers into the national spotlight. As nearly 95%
of our nation’s incarcerated men and women return home, these partnerships have increased in
importance. At the same time, new dynamics as well as questions concerning these collaborative
efforts arise. Whether developed as cost-effective projects geared to enhance public safety
through the reduction of recidivism, or to reverse long existing racial disparities and the
devastating impact of mass incarceration in the United States, pre and post release reentry
education is a hot button topic within the criminal justice, academic and human services arenas.
While much scholarly attention on adult education for the justice-impacted has focused on
prison-to-college programs and other ‘traditional’ educational initiatives in prison, for this issue
we focus on programs that are sometimes forgotten when listing topics falling into the “adult
education” designation. Nevertheless, these initiatives have an educative function and in
particular, adult education that happens both inside and outside of prison or jail for adults
reentering society. These include technical, financial, career, postsecondary, leadership,
empowerment, parenting, emotional regulation, and life-skills education programs.
        This special issue, therefore, wishes to take a deep dive into these topics to identify, explore and
analyze ‘reentry education’ in its manifold forms, with contributions sought from academicians,
but also NGO leaders, educators, program leaders, community members, and the justice
impacted. It probes many of the underlying complexities and challenges of prisoner reintegration
from a broadly educational standpoint, factors that impact the effectiveness in meeting desired
outcomes, and possibly the overall integrity of some of these highly diversified local and
national projects.
         Dialogues in Social Justice welcomes full research articles, reflective essays, book reviews, and
art work that focus upon these factors, including contributions highlighting the experiences,
successes, and challenges brought about by partnerships between government entities and
community contractors/volunteers in order to deliver pre or post release transitional services in
adult education.
        All submissions must have relevance to adult, continuing, and/or higher education as well as
relevance to legislative and programmatic developments targeting reintegration and
resocialization of the incarcerated or the formerly incarcerated. We are specifically looking to
include submissions from contributors representing adult educators in community based
programs, faith-based settings, corrections institutions, from social justice activists who employ
adult education practice, and from practitioners within academia.
          Special consideration will be given to contributions from formerly incarcerated facilitators,
coordinators and administrators with involvement in these initiatives.
DSJ anticipates publishing this issue in a timely manner dependent upon the submission
responses. Topics for consideration include but are not limited to:
● The quality of training offered to corrections staff, NGOs, and community volunteers in
facilitating special initiatives providing time incentives to incarcerated and recently
released prisoners who participate in approved transitional service and reentry programs
● The process of content creation for adult programming for the formerly incarcerated
● Successful models of reentry education
● Best practices for securing philanthropic or financial backing for adult educational
● Experiences of those who have gone through reentry education
● The practicalities and logistics in creating successful collaborations between law
enforcement and the community to provide educational reentry resources and services
● Analysis of the types of available programs and their effectiveness in reversing mass
incarceration and lowering recidivism rates
● Bureaucratic and political obstacles facing those involved with facilitating pre and post
release educational programs
● The extent of support or opposition posed by political entities upon efforts to build
partnerships between law enforcement and community partners targeting prisoner
Timeline: Call for submission: January 9, 2023
Deadline for 250 word abstract: January 30, 2023
Notification of invitation to submit full manuscript: March 3, 2023
Deadline for submission: May 15, 2023
Final Revisions & Manuscripts Due August 15, 2023
Publication of issue: December 1, 2023
Submitted manuscripts must be written in the style outlined in the Publication Manual of the
American Psychological Association (7th ed.), not previously published, and not under
consideration for publication elsewhere.
Authors are expected to carefully read and fully comply with the instructions found in the DSJ
submission guidelines: https://journals.charlotte.edu/dsj/about/submissions
You may submit your abstract directly to Colleen Eren at erenc@wpunj.edu
We hope you will consider submitting your manuscript for review for this themed issue of
Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal. Please direct inquiries to
John R. Chaney & Colleen P. Eren
Special Issue Editors, Dialogues in Social Justice