Prison Education Program in the News

  • PEP has been approved by the PA DOC to hold an art exhibit and event at Swarthmore College, tentatively titled “Art as a Bridge.” The event, featuring student work from three summer courses (“Creativity and the Arts Exposed,” “Playwriting and Directing,” and “College Writing”) will be held on February 2nd, 2024. Stay tuned for more details!     
  • PEP student Tyrone Slowe publishes an anthology called Free The Innocent: A Collection of Essays from the Wrongfully Convicted through Safe Streets Arts. 
  • Rep. Carol Kazeem and Sen. John Kane visit SCI-Chester to attend final presentations in Julie Mogan’s and David King’s course “Public Speaking.” PEP students moved the crowd and underscored the value of higher education in prison.    
  • Homeboy Sandman visits SCI-Chester and represents PEP at a concert in Vancouver, CA.
  • Eastern's PEP program and leaders were recently featured in this article by U.S. News & World Report.

Why Give?

  • 95% of incarcerated people are coming home.
  • Recidivism goes down over 43% among those who receive postsecondary education.
  • Lives of inside students are transformed for the better, and there is a positive effect on the entire prison environment.
  • Released persons are 13% more likely to obtain employment.
  • By 2020, 65% of all jobs will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school.
  • People of faith and conscience are called to reach out in redemptive ways to those in prison.

Give to the Prison Education Program

“Education in prison allowed me to regain my humanity and gave me hope for my future. It helped change my trajectory. ”

David Garlock, '17

Program Goals

Workshops and Seminars

Supporting reentry for incarcerated persons (i.e. Life Skills Workshops, Soft & Hard Skills).

Inside-Out Classes

Traditional students and inside students take courses together at a correctional facility.

Degree Education

Men at SCI Chester would have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree.

“It has truly been an honor and a pleasure teaching this semester. I was hoping it would be a transformative experience for the students and I trust it has been. However, I didn't know how much it would be a transformative experience for me! Working with the students has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had teaching.”

- Dr. Delano Shane