Watch: Video of First NYU Graduation at Wallkill C.F.

January 30th, 2018

The Prison Education Program at New York University (PEP) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship is open to scholars across disciplines whose research focuses on issues germane to prison studies, prison education and social impacts of incarceration and criminal punishment.

This postdoctoral appointment begins on September 1, 2018. It includes a $42,000 annual stipend, a $20,000 housing allowance, full medical benefits and assistance with relocation. The fellow chosen is expected to teach two undergraduate courses per year, one of which will be held at Wallkill correctional facility.  In addition, the fellow will assist PEPs Faculty Director and Administrative Director in planning and administering public programming, and participating in other activities of PEP. The fellow is expected to be in residence during the academic year.

NYU's Prison Education Program Celebrates First Graduation

October 16th, 2017

Photos by Kate Lord:

Five men became the first graduates of NYU’s Prison Education Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility on October 12, 2017. The graduates earned Associate of Arts Degrees from New York University in Liberal Studies through their coursework with the program.

NYU's Prison Education Program Graduates Five Students in Inaugural Class

October 13th, 2017

Photo and story by Sayer Devlin, News Editor, as published in the Washington Square News:

“Ryan Burrell, Roy Burvick, Danis Flores, Khalan Pendelton and Vincent Thompson became the first graduates of NYU’s Prison Education Program yesterday afternoon. All five students received associate’s degrees in Liberal Studies.”

Governor Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Vance Announce Recipients of $7.3 Million Investment in College-Level Education and Reentry Services

August 7th, 2017

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced today that they’ve awarded $7.3 million to fund educational programming and reentry services at 17 New York State prisons over the next five years. The College-in-Prison Reentry Program is being funded through the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative. It will create more than 2,500 seats for college-level education and training for incarcerated New Yorkers across the state.

NYU Prison Education Program Announced Recipient of New York State Grant as Part of Governor Cuomo's Plan to Bring College Classes to About 2,500 Incarcerated People

August 6th, 2017

On August 6th, 2017, the New York Times published that more than $7 million in grants have been awarded to a variety of colleges around the state as part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to increase college courses offered in prisons. In a press release from the Manhattan DA’s Office, New York University Prison Education Program has been announced as one of seven New York State colleges and universities to receive the grant funded through the  Criminal Justice Investment Initiative. 

The CJII was founded to invest criminal forfeiture funds, secured by the Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., for innovative projects that improve public safety, prevent crime, and promote a fair and effective justice system.

Faculty Director of the NYU Prison Education Program, Nikhil Pal Singh, responded to the news by saying:

“We are very gratified to have received this support from the District Attorney’s office and the state of New York. This fall, our first five students will receive an Associate of Arts degree from New York University in Liberal Studies. With this support, we will now be able to continue, and expand this program, and extend this educational opportunity to more individuals in prison and upon their release. “