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.
- MISSION: In the outworking of Eastern’s tenants of faith, reason, and justice, this educational program will have a transformative impact on individuals and communities.
- MARKET: Many incarcerated persons recognize the transformative nature of education and are hungry to learn and earn credentials that will help them grow, and improve their success in reentry.
- MANDATE: In 2016 Eastern University signed the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge, a commitment to reducing barriers to higher education for individuals with criminal records.
- 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
Supporting reentry for incarcerated persons (i.e. Life Skills Workshops, Soft & Hard Skills).
Traditional students and inside students take courses together at a correctional facility.
Men at SCI Chester would have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree.