• Prison
    Education Project
    PEP is the largest volunteer-based prison education program
    of its kind in the United States.
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    people involved in creating a future for inmates.
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    PEP is the largest volunteer-based prison education
    program of its kind in the United States.

LEARN MORE.

Learn more about the Prison Education Project and the people involved in creating a future...

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Welcome To PRISON EDUCATION PROJECT

The Prison Education Project has expanded educational opportunities for the in-custody population in 17 California correctional facilities and four international correctional facilities. With the assistance of 3,000 university student and faculty volunteers, PEP has serviced approximately 8,000 in-custody students in these facilities since 2011. PEP is the largest volunteer-based prison education program of its kind in the United States. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and PEP have embraced a progressive and innovative approach to supplementing and expanding educational opportunities for the incarcerated population. By providing academic, life skills, and career development programming, PEP aims to educate, empower, and transform the lives of incarcerated individuals. The goal of PEP is to create a "Prison-to-School Pipeline" and provide in-custody students with the cognitive tools necessary to function as productive citizens. Our multi-layered approach enhances human development, reduces recidivism, saves resources, and allows participants to ultimately contribute to the economic and civic life of California. The overarching philosophy of PEP is to use the resources in the backyard of each of the state’s prisons to make change e.g. university student and faculty volunteers...

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Our Goal

Providing Academic, Life Skills, Career Development Modules