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We Believe

All people, regardless of whether they are currently or formerly incarcerated, should have access to high-quality and free higher education.

Voices who Inspire Us
“There are enormous challenges facing the field of higher education in prison—lack of oversight and accountability within the prison setting, the complex needs of students, and the material scarcity that pervades the field. These are all microcosms of the most broken and vulnerable edges of society as a whole. Expanding access to excellent educational programs provides an extraordinary opportunity to overcome inequity at a massive scale and to set an example—both for our own professional communities and for society as a whole.”
—Equity and Excellence in Practice: A Guide for Higher Education in Prison

The National Higher Education in Prison Landscape

A Guide For Higher Education In Prison

Through the lens of equity, the Alliance seeks to provide information and resources essential to the field of higher education in prison so programs can deliver quality education to all currently and formerly incarcerated students.

Equity and Excellence in Practice: A Guide for Higher Education in Prison provides a clear and specific summary of some of the most essential components of high-quality in-prison higher education programs. The report outlines the attributes of programs that uphold a commitment to access, equity and excellence.

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The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison (Alliance) is a national network providing space for the higher education in prison community to convene and collaborate, share resources and information, enhance programming, and raise awareness of the many inequities codified by the “justice” system.

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