Hilary Binda, Founding Director of Educational Programming; Principal Investigator of Research
Eaton Hall, Room 105
5 The Green, Medford
The Tufts University Prison Initiative at the Tisch College of Civic Life (TUPIT) brings Tufts students and faculty together with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, correctional staff, activists, educators, and scholars of criminal justice reform to facilitate creative and collaborative responses to the problems of mass incarceration. Extending the vision of Tufts University and Tisch College, TUPIT is dedicated to providing transformative educational experiences that foster students’ and faculty members’ capacities to become active citizens of change in the world.
Acting on its foundational belief in the necessity of equitable access to education, TUPIT engages students and faculty members throughout Tufts University in collaboration with justice-involved individuals to support collective educational endeavors. Creating opportunities for hands-on learning about structural inequalities in the criminal justice system and prisons, TUPIT provides Tufts communities with an opportunity to grow through collaborative learning with people in prison. By offering Tufts courses in prison, TUPIT also contributes significantly to the learning opportunities for incarcerated people and thus to the well-documented reduction in recidivism rates for those with access to education while in prison. Other initiative goals include cultivating—inside and outside of prison—awareness of the transformative value of a liberal arts education for people doing time and fostering learning partnerships between incarcerated people and Tufts students and faculty members.
The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program facilitates dialogue and education across profound social differences. Inside-Out courses bring traditional college students and incarcerated students together in jails and prisons for semester-long learning. These courses ignite enthusiasm for learning, help students find their voice, and challenge students to consider what good citizenship requires.
Correctional Facilities Served:
Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Shirley
Number of Students:
Graduates to Date:
Founders: Hilary Binda
Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individual scholars and activists
Jamie Camacho, Director of Education at MA Department of Corrections; Meghan Crowley, Head Teacher at MCI Shirley; Talene Bare, Head Teacher at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center
Maryellen McGorry, Director of Education at Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office
Sam Chang, Petey Greene Program
Arthur Bembury, Partakers
Kaia Stern, Concord Prison Outreach
Lori Pompa, Ella Turenne, and Tyrone Werts, Inside-Out Prison Exchange
TUPIT has received seed grants from the Tufts University Office of the Provost and the Tisch College of Civic Life to support a three-year pilot program including research and educational programming with the goal of long-term sustainability.
Daniel Karpowitz, Bard College Prison Initiative
Robert Scott and Robert Eap, Cornell Prison Education Program
Walter Fortson, Prison Bridge Program
Bob Cadigan, Boston University Prison Education Program
Ed Wiltse, The Jail Project at Nazareth College
Jean Trounstine, Changing Lives through Literature
Jenifer Drew of Stone Associates, Lasalle College