We employ a contemplative pedagogy that includes critical as well as experiential learning. The EBA serves as a hub to coordinate the efforts of member organizations working in California prisons and jails. We are working towards college accreditation for the classes we offer and are exploring with our member organizations how to offer reentry services. We do offer occasional reentry guidance to some of our students.
Through the Buddhist understanding of interdependence, we see the over 2.4 million people incarcerated in the U.S. today as a manifestation of collective suffering and injustice. Based on this awareness we feel compelled to act out of compassion. According to a study published in 2013 by the Rand Corporation, incarcerated individuals who engage in education programs lower their odds of recidivism by 43%. The study also showed that for every dollar spent on prison education, five dollars were saved in future incarceration costs.