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 :

Photo of group of students and faculty
College-In -Prison

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

Research team members presenting a panel with formerly incarcerated students

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

Two PEP students and Professor visiting the Tenement Museum
Bridge Program

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

Our impact :

  • In the field of prison education
  • Reducing hyper-incarceration
  • Advancing ethical research
  • Leader on issues of educational justice
  • Hub of student life
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Incarcerated people have earned transferable college credits.
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PEP students have participated in our Bridge Program on campus.
College degrees earned (AA, BA, MA) through PEP .
News: PEP Panel
We recently participated in a virtual event to discuss racial justice and prison education.
Watch panel
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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News: Housing
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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What do our students say?...

Will, current student at Wallkill Correctional Facility

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

Miles, a graduate of Prison Education Program

Incarcerated students participate in a year-long Journalism Club and Creative Publication course.

Contributions made to our emergency funds go directly to our students to support life after incarceration.

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