A student offers a measure of the impact of the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium.

A testament to the power of education

Justin Roslonek is seven classes from completing his college education at Rutgers Business School and starting a prospective career in marketing.

This summer, he plans to take two courses and is still optimistic that he might find a summer job to add to the experience he gained from working at a Newark-based market research startup last year.

For Roslonek, the future didn’t always hold such promise. The New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium gave him the opportunity to begin working toward a college degree, making the prospect of getting a meaningful job after prison more certain.  

“I always had an entrepreneurial spirit even before it was sexy to be your own boss,” Roslonek said about why he chose to attend Rutgers Business School. “I know I had the drive to succeed.”

In a speech made at the Vera Institute of Justice gala in April and shared on YouTube, Roslonek spoke about the powerful role education can play in prison.

Justin Roslonek, a Rutgers Business School marketing student, at the 2018 Vera Institute of Justice gala.

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