Please bear in mind that the bulk of the information in this guide is actually on the Internet. A short summary of each website clipped out for this list does not even begin to do each entry justice, and many of the items on this list actually contain further lists. The number of prisoner resources out there are mind boggling, so don't be afraid to use Google if there is something you have in mind.
A caveat to this list is that this is the age of COVID 19. Many of these sites are temporarily closed or scaled back for the duration of the pandemic. They are included in this list anyway in anticipation of better days.
Computers connected to the Internet are not generally available in prisons, so it is up to friends, family, and advisers to dig out the needed information from each website, or to shoot off emails where needed.
Finally, there are no websites that require money or a login to access. If you encounter any problems with this list, feel free to contact Helen.
ASHLAND UNIVERSITY CORRECTIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
26 W. Main Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805
The Ashland University Correctional Education program is blessed to partner with leading state DOCs and local jails to deliver a transformative educational experience that brings hope and positively influence the lives of students in the correctional environment. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve these students and recognize that none of this would be possible without the continued and unfailing support of our students, their families, DOC & Jail partners, and our staff.
We believe in Second Chances: Transforming lives through correctional education.
We aspire to develop the whole person academically, spiritually, morally, so the student can actively live and work in our global society.
Certificate Programs, Associate Degree in General Studies, Bachelor's Degree (Several Options)
Serving ten states and Washington, D.C.
Bard Prison Initiative
PO Box 5000
Since 2001, BPI has created groundbreaking opportunities for college within America’s prison systems. These programs transform the negative impacts of criminal punishment and create radical inroads of access and opportunity to higher learning.
Today, BPI enrolls over 300 incarcerated students full-time in programs that culminate in degrees from Bard College; it offers extensive support for its alumni in and around New York City; and, it has developed a nationwide network of leading universities and colleges to catalyze a transformation in the relationship between education and criminal justice in the United States. BPI’s newest initiative, the Bard Microcollege, expands yet further the scope and impact of this work, delivering high-quality liberal arts education to isolated communities outside of prison through partnerships with community-based institutions.
Boston University Prison Education Program
1010 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
At Boston University, we believe in the power of education to elevate, nurture, and transform. While all college students grow as they engage in new ways of thinking, the impact of education is especially evident within the prison system. Rigorous study gives prisoners the intellectual leverage and self-confidence they need to reform their view of themselves and leave prison better equipped to contribute positively to their families and communities. Postsecondary education is not the only way to change a life, alter a world view, improve a future, or enhance a community—but it is the way to which Boston University is committed.
Boston University Prison Education Program students who complete the bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (128 credits) will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of, and ability to apply, fundamental theories, perspectives, and techniques in the areas of English, mathematics, computer science, natural science, literature, philosophy, and history
Display breadth of knowledge by explaining and applying subject-matter content to real-life situations
Articulate goals, purposes, and methods used to understand the world in scientific, cultural, historical, ethical, and religious ways
Exhibit proficiency in research methods and forms of inquiry that yield results appropriate for quantitative and qualitative data analysis
Demonstrate informational and communication competence through written and oral communication consistent with standard academic styles and formats (e.g., research paper using APA style guide; oral presentation of research project)
Conduct a literature search, select and critically evaluate valid and appropriate sources, and synthesize an argument that they are able to present in oral and/or written form
Analyze complex issues and arguments (e.g., identify assumptions, premises, and conclusions) in intellectual contexts (scientific, technical, ethical, social, and global) and will assess the validity of arguments presented
Boston University Prison Education Program students who complete the undergraduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies (32 credits) will be able to demonstrate:
Increased preparedness for further study toward undergraduate degree completion
Cornell Prison Education Program
The mission of the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP) is to provide courses leading to college degrees for people incarcerated in upstate New York State prisons; to help CPEP students build meaningful lives inside prison as well as prepare for successful re-entry into civic life; and to inform thought and action on social justice issues among past and present CPEP students, volunteers, and the wider public.
We believe in equitable access to higher education and the transformative power of intellectual development.
Our work supports a regional collaboration that brings together Cornell faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate assistants to teach a free college-level liberal arts curriculum to a select group of inmates at Auburn Correctional Facility, Cayuga Correctional Facility, and Five Points Correctional Facility. The credits can be applied toward an associate's degree from Cayuga Community College, or additionally, for an exceptional sub-set, a Cornell Certificate in the Liberal Arts.
CPEP is dedicated to supporting incarcerated persons’ academic ambitions and preparation for successful re-entry. We believe that Cornell faculty and student engagement as instructors at correctional facilities manifests Ezra Cornell’s commitment to founding an institution where “any person can find instruction in any study.”
Education Justice Project
University of Illinois
1001 S. Wright St
Champaign, IL 61820
EJP is a vibrant academic community of incarcerated students, educators, formerly incarcerated individuals, family members of the incarcerated, and others who are committed to more just and humane world, achieved through education and critical awareness. We believe that providing opportunities for quality postsecondary education within American prisons is an important step towards that vision. Accordingly, EJP offers educational programming at Danville Correctional Center through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
An excellent, comprehensive prison education program must also work outside of the prison, providing continued support for its alumni. Because we recognize the multiple impacts of prison education upon incarcerated students’ families and communities, we also host programs to support their educational goals and their efforts to better navigate the challenges of having a loved one behind bars.
Finally, we are committed to public education around issues of incarceration and criminal justice. We conduct frequent events on the University of Illinois campus and the Urbana-Champaign community to increase awareness of these topics.
Freedom Education Project Puget Sound
918 S Horton St #912
Seattle, WA 98134
FEPPS provides a rigorous college program for incarcerated women, trans-identified and gender nonconforming people in Washington and creates pathways to higher education after students are released from prison. Our goals are to increase FEPPS students’ economic and personal empowerment, contribute to family stability and reduce recidivism through college education.
FEPPS offers seven classroom-based college and pre-college courses per quarter at the Washington Corrections Center for Women culminating in an Associate of Arts degree. Students can also attend three weekly study halls, a monthly lecture series, student workshops, teacher trainings, and a library maintained by FEPPS at the prison. All classes are taught by professors with an MA or Ph.D. from top schools in the state such as:
University of Puget Sound
Pacific Lutheran Universty
The Evergreen State College
Unversity of Washington
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison
PO Box 862
Ossining, New York 10562
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison provides college education, life skills, and reentry support to incarcerated and formerly 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.
Hudson Link Donate-ButtonIn the past 21 years, Hudson Link has awarded over 700 degrees through eight colleges and five correctional facilities. Hudson Link’s astonishingly low recidivism rate of less than 2% – compared to over 67% nationwide – is proof that the transformative power of education is far more cost-effective than prison. Our graduates successfully rejoin their families and communities, obtaining meaningful employment and living healthy, productive lives.
Lansing Correctional Facility Program
608 N. 18th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102
(913) 621-8700 - General
(913) 621-8706 - Admissions
At Donnelly, we are proud to offer an on-site associate degree program to the inmates of Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas.
We strive to make our program accessible to inmates by asking that they pay only 1⁄3 of the hourly tuition fee. Donnelly College raises the remaining 2⁄3 of the tuition costs in scholarships from private patrons.
Donnelly is also proud to participate in the U.S Department of Education's Second Chance Pell program.
Maine State Prison College Program
Maine State Prison
Gary Upham, Principal
807 Cushing Road
Warren, ME 04864
Program Description: The Maine State Prison Education Department offers a wide variety of academic and life skill programs. Two professional certified teachers oversee the academic programs and two days a week a computer lab is available. Available services included GED tutoring in math and English, high school completion courses through PLATO, art, music, and ABE tutoring on a weekly basis. We also have outside programs and tutors who work with small groups and individuals. A full time college program and vocational options are also part of the education department. The school is open Monday through Friday (except for holidays and staff development days) during recreation period.
Degrees Offered: Associates and Bachelors Degrees
Programs Offered: Liberal Arts Degree
Native Nations Institute Education & Tribal Services
NATIVE NATIONS INSTITUTE is located on Tohono O'odham Nation traditional homelands at the University of Arizona:
Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
803 E. First St.
Tucson, AZ 85719 USA
NNI delivers a range of research-based educational services and resources designed to meet the needs of Native nations, Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, and individuals interested in a better understanding of Indigenous governance and related concepts.
NNI delivers these services through:
Customized services that are created in consultation with indigenous leaders, program directors / managers, planners, and/or concerned citizens. They are usually done in the community with 2-3 NNI staff members.
Indigenous Governance Program
The IGP has flexible learning options to serve a wide variety of needs. Specifically, the IGP consists of two-tracks—one track is designed for individuals seeking University of Arizona graduate-level credit for courses taught on Indigenous governance; while the other offers largely the same curriculum, but is intended for individuals who are interested in personal and/or professional development and do not need a University of Arizona transcript.
The IGP’s non-credit offerings include:
Rebuilding Native Nations Online Courses
Continuing Education Certificate in Indigenous Governance
The IGP’s credit offerings include:
Professional Studies Certificate in Indigenous Governance
Masters of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance
Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship
Prison Mathematics Project
1110 Nuuanu Ave #A1-290
The Prison Mathematics Project helps inmates who are interested in studying mathematics or who have a passion for math, by offering them a link to the mathematical community through an active mentorship with real mathematicians, professors and educators. We seek to show that a better lifestyle exists through the study and exploration of mathematics by giving our participants an introduction into the math community. We ask that only individuals who are committed to their education request to participate. Our program helps not only math lovers who wish to attain low level of mathematical maturity, but also those who are pursuing high level mathematical research.
Studying math is a productive way to spend your valuable time, and will prepare you for a variety of other opportunities, such as a math equivalency exam in a college program, or possible career opportunities on the outside.
People interested in becoming a participant in our program should write an introduction letter to our PMP address. Introduction letters should include a little about yourself, where you're at in your current math studies, where you would like to be, and finally, what draws you to mathematics. Mailing addresses must be included in your introduction letter.
Ohio University Correctional Education
Haning Hall 102
1 Ohio University Dr.
Athens, OH 45701
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. Our staff is dedicated to working with students and their families to provide college-level courses, degree programs, and certificates in a print-based format that is acceptable in most prison facilities. To see if Ohio University is authorized to offer distance education in your state, visit the state authorization page. Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
All correspondence takes place through the postal system, including advising, invoicing, shipping of course materials, submitting lessons, and receiving grades. Students with access may contact our staff via email and telephone in some situations.
Prison University Project
PO Box 492
San Quentin, CA 94964
(415) 455 8088
The mission of Mount Tamalpais College is to provide an intellectually rigorous, inclusive Associate of Arts degree program and College Preparatory Program, free of charge, to people at San Quentin State Prison; to expand access to quality higher education for incarcerated people; and to foster the values of equity, civic engagement, independence of thought, and freedom of expression.
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802
Project Rebound is a program that supports the higher education and successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals wishing to enroll and succeed at the California State University. By connecting students with critical resources, Project Rebound constructs an alternative to the revolving door policy of mass incarceration and increases community strength and safety.
University Beyond Bars
929 N. 130th St. STE 15
Seattle, WA 98133
We are University Beyond Bars, a non-profit stakeholder-driven organization that empowers prisoners in Washington State to fulfill their potential through communities of higher learning that transcend prison walls. Our mission is rooted in the belief that everyone has a right to education, regardless of identity, socioeconomic status, or circumstance. We believe in the power of education to break cycles of incarceration, strengthen communities, confront racism and classism, and promote personal achievement and social reintegration.
By providing access to college education and avenues of higher learning to prisoners, University Beyond Bars is responding to a significant need within our community - addressing educational inequality, breaking intergenerational poverty, creating safer communities, and saving taxpayers millions through reduced recidivism rates. For those who will never be released, post-secondary education offers the intellectual challenge and positive community that truly creates freedom through education, a phrase coined by our Prisoner Advisory Committee.
Windham School District
Rehabilitation Programs Division
P.O. Box 99
Huntsville, Texas 77340
The Windham School District (WSD) was established by the Texas Board of Corrections in 1969 and shall be known as the Windham School District, an entity that is separate and distinct from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The district may establish and operate schools at the various facilities of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Students are selected and enrolled into programs based on an Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) which is developed by the education staff. The ITP outlines educational services and prioritizes participation in recommended programs based on the offender’s age, program availability, projected release date and need for academic, vocational and life skills programs. Some offenders participate in more than one type or program. We hope that family members support the educational process by encouraging active participation in available programs.
Basic Academic Program
Special Education Program
Title I Program
English as a Second Language Program
CHANGES II Program
Cognitive Intervention Program
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program
Counseling, Testing and Records