Prison Education Program in the News

  • PEP's artist-in-residence, Tieshka Smith, is preparing an exhibit called "Celebrating Higher Education Behind Bars." The exhibit is designed to foster community dialogue about the college-in-prison experience. PEP student artwork will be displayed and performed at the Philadelphia Ethical Society (January 22-January 27) and Eastern University (January 29-February 4).  
  • Darrell Alston delivered a guest lecture to Dr. Al Socci’s ENTR 100 class. Darrell’s Fall 2022 collection just debuted at Neiman Marcus.  
  • PEP student Jy’Aire Smith publishes another powerful essay through the Marshall Project. Eastern is honored to be a part of Jy’Aire’s story.  
  • 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