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Nazareth and Medaille Colleges Help Female Offenders Better Their Lives Through Education

  • Published: June 04, 2013

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Julie Long, Media Relations, Nazareth College (585) 389-2456

Nazareth and Medaille Colleges Help Female Offenders Better Their Lives Through Education

Faculty from Medaille College and Nazareth College are partnering to help educate Albion Correctional Facility offenders through a $200,000 grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation ( 

The Sunshine Lady Foundation will underwrite classes for offenders that will be taught by Medaille College ( and Nazareth College ( faculty, beginning this summer and extending through the spring 2015 semester. Five members of the Medaille faculty and one Nazareth professor, Ed Wiltse, will collaborate to offer a liberal studies associate degree program in the initial session, offering courses in English, psychology, history and biology.

Founded by philanthropist Doris Buffett, the Sunshine Lady Foundation believes that access to higher education can help offenders become productive citizens. The organization plays a significant role in providing needed resources, as the incarcerated frequently seek higher education opportunities.

Every academic study of prison higher education has shown that the participation is highly beneficial not only to offenders but also to state budgets, significantly reducing recidivism and prison costs.

“On behalf of our entire agency, I extend my deepest gratitude to Doris Buffett and the Sunshine Lady Foundation for their financial support of our partnership between Albion Correctional Facility and the dedicated staff at Medaille College and Nazareth College,” said Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci. “The Foundation’s grants to several correctional facilities have brought meaningful education to offenders that will enhance reentry outcomes for years to come.”


Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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