Luis Mattei Jr. is a formerly incarcerated scholar and advocate for Higher Education in Prison. During his nearly 20 years of incarceration, Luis pursued his post-secondary education via Second Chance Educational Alliance (S.C.E.A.) in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University and Yale University’s Yale Prison Education Initiative (YPEI). While incarcerated, Luis had articles published by the Education Trust and the Yale Daily Newson on the importance of HEP programs. Luis received a sentence commutation and was released from prison in June 2022. Since then, he has served as a curriculum evaluator for Dr. Mel Webb of the Trinity University of San Antonio, a consultant for the Connecticut Public Defender’s Office and the Center for Court Innovation, a guest lecturer for Quinnipiac and Southern New Hampshire Universities as well as the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Luis currently resides in Connecticut and is FICGN’s Research Assistant.