Why prison education?

The New York University Prison Education Program (NYU PEP), founded in 2015, is a college-in-prison program that aims to expand access to higher education within communities impacted by the criminal justice system, to address inequities within our NYU community, and to model how a research university can advance solutions to real world problems.

Our model :

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College-In -Prison

We provide an A.A. Degree to people currently incarcerated    and support students’ continued education on campus post-release. 


A team of faculty and formerly incarcerated students conduct research on incarceration.

Bridge Program

We provide referrals for wellness & human services, mentorship, and have a robust network of public programming and student led initiatives. 

News & Events

Watch Panel
We recently participated in a virtual event to discuss racial justice and prison education.
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Read a letter from our Faculty Director, Nikhil Pal Singh, from our December newsletter.
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Our Students
Read our November newsletter for updates on our students, our program and what's ahead.
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Poetry & Prose
Six NYU PEP students were published in this year's Gallatin Review and awarded Best Prose & Best Poetry.
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One of our top priorities is to provide stable transitional housing for students who have been released from prison during the current public health crisis.
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Invite us to speak!

Students from NYU PEP speak in classrooms, at conferences, and public events to discuss issues on incarceration.

What do our students say?...

Students have earned transferrable NYU credits while incarcerated.
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Students have been released from prison and are in NYU PEP's network.
Students have earned college degrees (AA, BA, MA) through PEP.

I chose my B.A. in Psychology because I wanted to learn how the brain and behavior are shaped by everyday experiences, infliction of trauma, and compassionate healing. As someone who entered the criminal justice system at a very young age, I hope to help people who may have experienced carceral trauma and juveniles in risk of coming in contact with the criminal justice system. This fall I will start my MSW at Hunter College!

Jesus, B.A. Psychology

NYU CAS Class of 2020


Every time I step into the classroom [at Wallkill] it is like I am stepping into another world. I've learned things about my classmates that I would never have learned if it wasn't for school. School has given me the ability to communicate in ways that has been more productive in the pursuit of a positive outcome than ever before.

Will, Current A.A. Student

NYU PEP Wallkill Correctional Facility

Being incarcerated for 11 years and then coming home and being able to attend a prestigious college is a priceless moment for me, and graduating from NYU is a dream come true.

Miles, A.A. Liberal Studies

NYU SPS Class of 2020