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Prison Studies Project

TEACHING


The Prison Studies Project, in collaboration with Boston University’s Prison Education Program and the MA Department of Correction, brings together students from Harvard and students in prison. Each is part of a curriculum for college credit; classes focus on urban sociology, race, ethics, and transformative learning.

RESEARCH


The growth of America’s prison and jail populations over the last 35 years creates an array of new challenges for public policy and provokes a variety of questions about the quality of American democracy and citizenship. The Prison Studies Project conducts research to address these challenges and questions.

OUTREACH


The Prison Studies Project aims to raise public awareness about incarceration in America, promote a perspective on criminal punishment that emphasizes its connection to racial, class and other socioeconomic disadvantages, and inject into the public conversation a discussion of policy alternatives.


Restoration of Pell Grants for People in Prison

Jul 28, 2015
“The Obama administration plans to restore federal funding for prison inmates to take college courses, a potentially controversial move that comes amid a broader push to overhaul the criminal justice system. The plan, set to be unveiled Friday by the secretary of education and the attorney general, would allow potentially thousands of inmates in the […]

Obama Calls for Effort to Fix a ‘Broken System’ of Criminal Justice

Jul 17, 2015
President Obama calls for a sweeping bipartisan effort to fix what he called “a broken system” of criminal justice that has locked up too many Americans for too long, especially a whole generation of young black and Latino men. In a long and at times passionate address to a convention of theN.A.A.C.P., Mr. Obama said the […]

Save the Date: FREE HER Justice Advocacy Conference

Jun 2, 2015
On Wednesday August 5th, 2015, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice and Families for Justice as Healing will be sponsoring the FREE HER Justice Advocacy Conference at Harvard Law School. The conference will join together formerly incarcerated women and allies from across the country to share strategies for criminal justice restructuring, from the voices of those most impacted.

Vera Institute Releases Online Resource Center to Expand Access to Education in Prisons

Apr 29, 2015
As part of the Expanding Access to Postsecondary Education Project, the Vera Institute of Justice recently released an online resource center to assist state departments of corrections and state and local policymakers in implementing and expanding quality higher education programs in prison and post-release. This includes the development of policies and practices to increase the participation of incarcerated individuals in these programs.
  • National Directory of Prison Education Programs