Adnan Syed, recent student in Georgetown bachelor’s program, released from prison

Adnan Syed, a recent student in Georgetown’s new degree program for incarcerated students and the subject of the 2014 podcast, “Serial,” was released from prison this week.

Until his release, Syed had been one of 25 incarcerated students in the inaugural class of Georgetown’s Bachelor of Liberal Arts program, granted by Georgetown College, which launched at Patuxent in February 2022. In the program, students earn a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown, gaining an education that will help prepare them for future success. The program creates a significant higher education opportunity for people incarcerated in Maryland and is expected to enroll 125 students over the next five years.

“This degree program is a model for how universities can bring transformative education opportunities into prison and support second chances,” said Marc Howard, director of the Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative. “We are proud and excited to welcome this talented group of students into the classroom.”

Read more about the Prisons and Justice Initiative and the Patuxent program in this Georgetown News story.

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