Program Website: https://prisonedproject.wustl.edu
Contacts: Jennifer M. Hudson Program Manager & Academic Advisor Washington University Prison Education Project (PEP)
Degrees Offered: General liberal arts degrees, beginning with the Associate in Arts degree
Correctional Facilities Served:
Population Served: People incarcerated at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific, MO, and to prison staff
Number of Students: 37 full-time incarcerated students, 15 staff students, and approximately 20 incarcerated reading group members
Graduates to Date:
Year Founded: 2011
Founders: Professors Margaret Garb and Danny Kohl
Funding: Initial program funding came in 2014 in the form of a three-year grant from the Consortium for Liberal Arts in Prison, associated with the Bard Prison Initiative. In 2015, the Office of the Provost at Washington University also provided funding. As of Fall 2017, PEP is entirely funded through the Provost’s office. We plan to begin fundraising efforts for scholarships for our students who are released and wish to continue their education at Washington University.
Program Evaluation: Program evaluation is based on progressive student performance, measured by qualitative assessment of student work over several years. In addition, we are in the process of establishing a system of exit-interviews of students released from prison.