The New York University Prison Education Program (NYU PEP) offers credit-bearing university courses leading to an Associate of Arts Degree to individuals who are incarcerated and provides ongoing support to students seeking higher education upon their release from prison.
Who we are
We are New York University faculty, staff, students, and community partners providing access to higher education to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students. NYU PEP seeks to address inequalities that shape our educational environment, and to model how a research university can advance solutions to real world challenges. We view education within prison as part of a broader effort to reduce the social harm of incarceration, and are committed to working in collaboration with people impacted by incarceration to build our society beyond prison. NYU PEP is a joint initiative across NYU’s undergraduate and professional schools and a reflection of NYU’s commitment to public service. Participating schools include: College of Arts and Science; Gallatin School of Individualized Study; Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Silver School of Social Work; Stern School of Business; and the School of Law. To learn more about NYU PEP students, faculty, staff, and community members, please visit our People page.
What we do
We are a degree granting program that offers college courses and educational programming, leading to an Associate of Arts Degree, from NYU, in Liberal Studies at Wallkill Correctional Facility, located in Ulster County, NY. Working in collaboration with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and guided by student participation, all of our courses are taught in person and in classrooms that are equipped with desks, computers, and audiovisual technology. By offering transferrable credits and resources for developing critical skills and relationships, we are committed to supporting the educational and professional goals both for our students in prison and upon their release.
NYU PEP believes that eliminating barriers to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, and their families, has a fundamental role to play in moving our society away from an over reliance upon policing and criminal punishment.
What we value
- Collaborative learning models based upon critical reflection and dialogue
- Inclusive human centered language that reduces criminal stigma
- Partnerships with college-in-prison programs in our state and beyond
- Commitment to the lifelong learning goals of our students
- Learning from our students’ transition from prison to community
- Cultivating leadership and service toward a post-incarceration society