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Prison Education Programs

Here is the list of prison education programs I know of so far.
Vera Institute of Justice | Making justice systems fairer and more effective through research and innovation
Pathways Program which is a funding partnership between 5 funders: Kellogg, Sunshine Lady, Ford, Open Society and
APAEP - Auburn University College of Human Sciences
The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project is a program at Auburn University dedicated to bringing educational opportunities to prisoners in Alabama. The program is helping the adult prison population to gain a quality education, and also to build a relationship with learning that will continue to grow for the rest of their lives.
Bard Prison Initiative
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences.
Changing Lives Through Literature
An alternative sentencing program based on the power of literature to transform lives through reading and group discussion.
Georgetown University Prison Outreach
The Georgetown University Prison Outreach effort provides inmates at facilities in Arlington and Alexandria, VA with one-on-one student tutoring and exposure to a variety of academic disciplines. These weekly sessions enhance the inmates' critical thinking, as well as written and oral communication skills, and provide students a chance to work in a challenging environment.
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Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison provides college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated men and women to help them make a positive impact on their own lives, their families and communities, resulting in lower rates of recidivism, incarceration and poverty. more
TN Prison for Women students show Lowry impact of Lipscomb program on their lives
By Janel Shoun on 12/4/2008 "I knew that I wanted the opportunity to get a college education; I just didn't realize that it would be so much more."
Bedford Hills College Program
The Bedford Hills College Program (BHCP) offers courses leading to an Associates of Arts degree in Social Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Marymount Manhattan College is the sole degree-granting institution of the BHCP, which also includes college-prep courses in writing and math.

The consortium became a reality under the leadership of Dr. Regina Perrugi, president of Marymount Manhattan College, who enlisted several other college presidents as members. Barnard College, Bank Street College of Education, Manhattanville College, Mercy College, Pace University, and Sarah Lawrence College joined with MMC as members of the Consortium, and in the spring of 1997, college courses were again offered at Bedford Hills.

As of 2011, the Bedford Hills College Program has graduated 142 students; 44 Bachelor’s degrees and 98 Associate’s degrees have been conferred.
Prison Creative Arts Project | University of Michigan
Precious Earth: Landscapes From Prison Exhibt PCAP Senior Curator, Janie Paul. shares work from her private collection January 7-February 13 at the Residential College Art Gallery. Opening Reception Friday, January 7, 5-7pm. PCAP Workshops U-M students and community volunteers facilitate arts workshops in Michigan adult correctional facilities, juvenile facilities, and urban high schools.
Prison Studies Project - Teaching, Research and Outreach
The Prison Studies Project, in collaboration with Boston University's Prison Education Program and the MA Department of Correction, brings together students from Harvard and students in prison. Each is part of a curriculum for college credit; classes focus on urban sociology, race, ethics, and transformative learning.
University Beyond Bars
University Beyond Bars (UBB) exists to address the social problems of violence, poverty, and wasted human potential by providing post-secondary education to incarcerated people in Washington State. We are particularly committed to providing access to higher education to people of color, who disproportionately make up the prison population. Our work reflects the twin goals of reducing recidivism by preparing prisoners to re-enter society as successful, productive members of their communities, and reducing prison violence by providing meaningful intellectual pursuits and hope to those who are serving time.
Prison University Project
The mission of the Prison University Project is to provide excellent higher education programs to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison; to create a replicable model for such programs; and to stimulate public awareness and meaningful dialogue about higher education and criminal justice in California.
Correctional Education
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety works with UNC-Chapel Hill's Friday Center for Continuing Education to provide a variety of educational resources to inmates. Only those incarcerated in the North Carolina prison system qualify for the Correctional Education Program. Incarcerated individuals must meet academic and sentence criteria for eligibility.
Welcome, Center for Prison Education - Wesleyan University
offers a high-caliber liberal arts education inside prison walls. President Roth Celebrates CPE's Ford Foundation Grant! Wesleyan University's president, Michael Roth, reflects on the Center for Prison Education's success. Read more here! CPE Receives Grant from Ford Foundation! CPE has been awarded a grant from the Ford Foundation to support our work in Connecticut's prisons.
Insight Prison Project
IPP was founded in 1997 with one class for 14 male prisoners at San Quentin State Prison. Today, IPP offers unique and effective restorative justice programs for men, women, and youth at 12 state prisons, one federal prison, three county jails, several reentry facilities, and one juvenile institution.
Home | PEN American Center
For the last 90 years, PEN American Center has been working to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. Together with our colleagues in the international PEN community, we have been bringing down barriers to free expression and reaching across borders to celebrate, through writing, our common humanity.
Education Justice Project
The mission of the Education Justice Project is to build a model college-in-prison program that demonstrates the positive impacts of higher education upon incarcerated people, their families, the communities from which they come, the host institution, and society as a whole. Click her e to view a 10-minute video about EJP's work at Danville Correctional Center.
OHIO eCampus
Since 1974, Ohio University's Correctional Education has provided an opportunity for incarcerated students to study through print-based courses, to earn college credit, and work toward an Ohio University degree. Students who want to learn - but aren't interested in a degree - can take a few courses or complete the Paralegal Studies Certificate.