Academic Institution Type refers to the college/university affiliated with the in-prison program (e.g., enrolls students, confers credits/credentials, awards financial aid).
Facility refers to the larger institution (prison, jail, detention center, juvenile facility) in which higher education programming was provided and not subsets within the facility (e.g, different housing units or “camps”).
Because most U.S. prisons segregate people on binary sex assigned at birth, this directory only includes ‘men’ and ‘women’ designated facilities. Programs working in a facility in which the designated sex is exclusively trans*, transgender, gender non-conforming, and/or non-binary individuals, either used “other” or provided a description in the comment box on the national survey.
Every in-prison higher education program constitutes a unique partnership between some combination of one or more academic institutions, non-profit organizations, corrections departments, and/or other government or community-based organizations. For our purposes, a higher education in prison program is defined as an organization that meets the following criteria: 1. provides postsecondary education; 2. is formally affiliated with a college and/or university; and 3. uses a secondary credential (e.g., a High School degree or GED) as a requirement for admission.