What is the NYU Prison Education Program?
The NYU Prison Education Program (NYU PEP) is a college program that offers an Associate of Arts degree to men incarcerated at Wallkill Correctional Facility in Ulster County, New York. Our program is unique in maintaining a commitment to our students upon release from prison; we specifically aim to provide pathways from college-level learning inside prison to successful re-entry through continued education, holistic professional services, and the strategic university and community partnerships necessary to sustain life after incarceration. We now serve nearly 100 students who have been released to the five boroughs of New York City, and to upstate New York, since the program started in 2015.
- Academic advising
- Writing & research support
- Paid Internships
- Professional & financial literacy workshops
- Multimedia training
- Wellness services
- Public programming
- 80 students are enrolled in NYU courses each year at Wallkill Correctional Facility
- 200 incarcerated people have earned transferable NYU credits
- 8 students have earned their A.A. degree
- 2 students have earned their B.A. degree
- 11 students have transferred into degree programs at Washington Square
- Many students have transferred into degree programs and/or pursued professional training beyond NYU