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COVID-19 is creating unprecedented conditions for people incarcerated. The Alliance is working to collect and disseminate information and resources from higher education in prison programs that are taking action to support their students and working to adapt their programming. Please visit our COVID-19 Action page to learn more and to find out how to share resources.

All people, regardless of their location or circumstance, should have access to quality higher education.
Voices who Inspire Us

Higher education in prison provides the support and human connection that all people need to thrive.

“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
Access.
Equity.
Dignity.

The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison (Alliance) is a national network supporting the growth of quality higher education for currently and formerly incarcerated people.

How We Work

The National Higher Education in Prison Landscape

Map with faces of students and practitioners

We’re making it easier to find information about higher education in prison programs, and to connect with people working in this emerging, growing field.

The Alliance is gathering and disseminating information about each program. We are bringing people together to identify opportunities for growth and collaboration and to work together to overcome challenges. Learn more about the Higher Education in Prison Landscape Project.

A Guide For Higher Education In Prison

We’re helping people design high-quality programs for students currently and formerly incarcerated, improving access and equity.

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.

Download the Report (in English and Spanish)

We Want to Hear from You!

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Do you have a question about higher education in prison programs? Want to get involved with the Alliance? Have an idea to share? Please get in touch.

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