Darren Mack
News | Alumni Advocacy

Access to higher ed for incarcerated students is essential to criminal justice reform

As College Behind Bars puts a spotlight on the issue of college in prison, 25 years after the removal of Pell Grants for people in prison, BPI Alumnus Darren Mack '13 shares his thoughts on higher education’s role in criminal justice reform and the… Read More 

Giovannie Hernandez
News | Alumni Advocacy

Op-Ed: Former incarcerated student: Society owes men and women in prison chance to return whole

PBS documentary shows how higher education helped me remove the shackles of incarceration. College degrees in prison can do the same for others.   I am choosing to publicly out myself as a convicted felon in this column. Let me tell you why. In March of… Read More 

BPI Students listening to a professor in the classroom.
News | Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison

Documentary Provides Rare Look at Higher Education in Prison

Emerson College launched the Emerson Prison Initiative (EPI) and joined the Consortium in 2017 with an initial cohort of twenty students at Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Concord who began coursework in the fall of 2017. With assistance from BPI, EPI is expanding course offerings… Read More 

BPI Students listen to a professor in a scene from 'College Behind Bars'
News | College Behind Bars

‘Undoing a mistake’: Inside the push to bring college education back to prison

This article, reproduced below, first appeared in USA Today. PHILADELPHIA – Stacks of books are organized meticulously by genre amid the chaos of a maximum security prison. A makeshift desk made from cardboard is placed over a sink in a cramped cell. A chalkboard is filled with… Read More