For thousands of incarcerated students, the pandemic hasn’t just moved their programs online—it has postponed them indefinitely.
Federal officials have invited 67 additional schools—including Georgetown University—to participate in a program that gives incarcerated students access to need-based aid through partnerships between correctional facilities and colleges.
The state—often on the leading edge of prison-based education—may soon expand bachelor’s degrees offerings for incarcerated students.
The funding will enable Georgetown to begin offering a path to bachelor’s degrees for incarcerated students at Maryland’s Patuxent Institution.
Online education may offer new opportunities to reach incarcerated students, but skeptics point to logistical challenges and potential vulnerabilities.
Fifteen fellows have completed Georgetown University’s Pivot Program, which offers a certificate in business and entrepreneurship for formerly incarcerated Washington, D.C., residents who show strong leadership potential.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently called for making the Second Chance Pell program permanent—a change that would make aid available to almost half a million incarcerated students.
Offering classes at the DC Jail is just one of the ways the Prisons and Justice Initiative is making an impact on mass incarceration in America. A new Georgetown Magazine article takes an in-depth look.
Halim Flowers, a participant in the Georgetown Prison Scholars Program at the DC Jail who has been released after serving 22 years, lauded the program as “a cross-cultural exchange that benefits both parties.”
A new documentary shows how prison-based degree pathways can help participants build self-awareness, prepare for careers, become productive community members, and cut their risk of recidivism.
This spring, Georgetown University students joined men and women incarcerated in the D.C. Jail for an “inside-outside” course studying musical traditions associated with the criminal justice system.
College and correctional facility partnerships around the nation are working to build incarcerated individuals’ job skills and set them on the path to a degree.