Prisons

Prison Education Resources

The Prison Studies Project has compiled a database of prison education programs in the United States, searchable by map. In addition to credit-granting programs, they compile information on prison education more broadly, including programs such as book groups and writing workshops for incarcerated individuals. Below is brief information on resources for prison education (focusing on credit-granting college programs).

No programs granting college credit are currently operating in prisons in the states of Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, or Wyoming.

Multi-Regional

The Petey Greene program provides tutoring to incarcerated students in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C.

Alabama

Auburn University runs the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project,founded in 2003.

Arizona

The Department of English at Arizona State University runs Prison Education Programming (PEP), which offers prison courses in English and publishes a newsletter on prison education.

Arkansas

Arkansas State University offers correspondence courses in prisons in Arkansas (distance learning). Students pay tuition and fees.

California

The Prison Education Project, established in 2011, provides courses in prisons in the state of California.

Patten University offers for-credit courses leading to an Associate of Arts degree through the Prison University Project in San Quentin, CA. Their website also lists resources related to prison education.

Colorado

Adams State University runs the Prison College Program, which provides correspondence courses to incarcerated students in Colorado. Students pay tuition.

Connecticut

Wesleyan University has a Center for Prison Education, which offers courses taught by Wesleyan faculty for college credit. The Center was established in 2009.

An article in the Hartford Courant with a brief history of prison education in Connecticut, as well as developments concerningPell for Prisoners / Second Chance Pell can be found here.

Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign runs the Education Justice Project. In addition to offering for-credit courses in the Danville Correctional Facility (sample syllabi may be found here), the Education Justice Project coordinates writing workshops, reading groups, and various other initiatives. You can listen to their radio program, Education Justice Radio, here.

Iowa

Grinnell College runs the Liberal Arts in Prison Program (LAPP) at Newton Correctional Facility in Newton, Iowa. The program, started in 2003, gives incarcerated students the opportunity to earn Grinnell credits.

Kansas

Donnelly College operates the Lansing Correctional Program, through which incarcerated students can earn Associates degrees.

Massachusetts

The Boston University Prison Education Program provides courses at MCI Framingham and MCI Norfolk.

Michigan

Jackson College runs the Prison Education Initiative, which offers for-credit college courses to incarcerated students, leading towards an Associate of General Studies degree. Students pay tuition.

The Kalamazoo Valley Community College provides college courses to incarcerated students, but not degree programs.

Missouri

St. Louis University faculty teach for-credit courses in the St. Louis University Prison Program, leading to an Associate of Arts degree.

New Jersey

The Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) at Princeton University “aims to reduce incarceration rates in New Jersey by increasing access to post-secondary education in state prisons.” Courses, which have included Classical themes, and recently, first-year Latin, are taught by volunteers and accredited through Mercer Community College.

The New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) provides courses for students in prison throughout New Jersey. Through the NJ-STEP Mountainview Community, students in STEP courses are recruited to transition to Rutgers University, New Brunswick, after their release.

A STEP course on the Iliad, taught by Emily Allen-Hornblower, is featured in an article from the Huffington Post.

New York

The Bard Prison Initiative, a long-standing prison education program, provides prison courses in New York State, accredited through Bard College.

Marymount Manhattan College offers two degree programs to women in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, an Associates of Arts in Social Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. This is the Bedford Hills College Program.

Since 2000, the Cornell University Prison Education Program has offered courses to students in two prisons, Auburn Correctional Facility and Cayuga Correctional Facility. The courses are accredited through Cayuga Community College.

Hudson Link also operates throughout the state of New York. “Partnering with Columbia University, Mercy College, Nyack College, Siena College, SUNY Sullivan, Ulster Community College and Vassar College. Hudson Link also sponsors Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Behavioral Science, Liberal Arts and Organizational Management.”

Pennsylvania

The Inside Out Prison Exchange Program at Temple University provides training (at a fee) to teachers interested in starting inside-out courses, in various locations in the United States.

The University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, runs a Prison Education Program. The program offers college courses for credit, but not degrees.

 

Washington

The Gateways for Incarcerated Youth project at The Evergreen State College connects incarcerated youth and the Evergreen Community.

The Sustainability in Prisons Project is a partnership founded by The Evergreen State College and Washington State Department of Corrections. Its mission is to bring science and nature into prisons, conducting ecological research with scientists, inmantes, prison staff, students, and community partners.

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