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 three-pillar model

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College-In -Prison

We offer an A.A. Degree to men incarcerated at Wallkill C.F.

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
Community Bridge Programs

We provide referrals for wraparound wellness services, continued education, mentorship, and have a robust community network & public programming. 

News & Events

Over the past month, one of our top priorities has been to provide stable transitional housing for students who have been released from prison during our current public health crisis.
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COVID Update
We have been working diligently on a plan to stay in communication with the students up at Wallkill Correctional Facility and with our students who are home.
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Speakers Bureau

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What do our students say?...

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incarcerated students are enrolled at NYU each semester.​
incarcerated students have earned transferable NYU credits.​
students have earned college degrees (AA, BA, MA).

I chose my B.A. major in Psychology at NYU 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!


B.A. Psychology, NYU CAS, Class of 2020

Miles, liberal students alumni class of 2020

Being incarcerated for 11 years, and starting the Associate’s Degree program at Wallkill Correctional Facility, 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.


A.A. Liberal Studies, NYU SPS, Class of 2020


At Gallatin, I was able to build my own B.A. major and study social entrepreneurship and racial capitalism. During this juncture of my educational journey, I have developed and fostered some great relationships that will lead to future collaborations with work and personal initiatives. I intend on getting more involved in community activism and politics.


B.A. Individualized Studies, NYU Gallatin, Class of 2020