NCHEP 12: What's Next: Higher Education in Prison and Its Future(s)

The 12th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison was hosted as a virtual event.

October 11-14, 2022 (on Zoom)

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Thank You!

We would like to send our deepest gratitude to everyone who was involved with the 12th NCHEP. From the people who joined the Community Planning Sessions to presenters and audience members, this conference would not have been as successful without you. We are especially grateful to our Welcome and Keynote speakers (Romarilyn Ralston and Dr. Ruthie Wilson Gilmore) and National Prison Debate League, Maine Department of Corrections and The Educational Justice Institute (TEJI). Congratulations to the Maine DOC Debate team who defeated the MIT Debate team in a 5-0 unanimous decision! Additionally we want to share a special thank you to an incredible teacher, Mr. Eric Reed, and his students at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility. This conference was elevated by their participation.

Conference Announcements

We are thrilled to announce that the 12th NCHEP's Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore! Join us on October 11, 2022 at 5pmMT for her talk Education and the Abolition Movement: Stories from Our Struggle.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, 12th NCHEP Keynote Speaker, October 11, 2022, 5pm MT

Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore is a Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. A co-founder of many grassroots organizations including the California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network, Gilmore works on racial capitalism; organized violence; organized abandonment; and abolition as a green, red, and internationalist project of liberation.

Gilmore is author of Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation (Verso 2022); and the prize-winning Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (UC Press 2007). Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition will be published by Haymarket Books in 2023. Gilmore has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Her internationalist work is featured in the Antipode Foundation documentary Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Kenton Card, 2020).

To stay updated about the 12th NCHEP check in on Facebook @OfficialNCHEP and Twitter @OfficialNCHEPWe will continue to add information to this page as it becomes available.

timeline for the 12th NCHEP:

  • February 2022: Conference Announcement
  • April 2022: Conference Theme and Call for Submissions Announced
  • May 2022: Proposal Submissions Due 
  • June 2022: Registration Opens
  • July-August 2022: Proposal Accept/Decline Decisions Sent and Schedule Announced 
  • October 11-14, 2022: 12th NCHEP (virtual) 

Overview of the 12th NCHEP 

Conference Registration

Registration for the 13th NCHEP is now open!

To register for the conference you must first fill out our registration form and then purchase your conference ticket. Your registration will not be complete until you have completed both of these steps.


Conference events will begin on the morning of Thursday, November 8 and end before Saturday, November 11 at 4:00 p.m.

Hotel Information

The 13th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison (NCHEP) will be held at the Buckhead Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, GA. Unfortunately, the discounted room block at the hotel has sold out. However, you can still book at the conference hotel at the regular rate. We have also researched alternative hotels within walking distance of the Grand Hyatt that you may want to explore.


Check out our FAQ page for answers to common questions.

Creative Competition: Futures without Fracture

Calling all artists, creatives, writers, and anyone with something to say. This year the NCHEP Planning Team is hosting a creative competition around the theme of “Close the Distance.”

This competition is open to all, including currently incarcerated people. The submission portal closes September 30, midnight PT.


Grand Prize: $1,000

Second Place Prize: $500

Third Place Prize: $250

NCHEP Zoom Access Survey for Currently Incarcerated Individuals

The theme of the 13th National Conference on Higher Education in Prisons is "Close the Distance." As such, the Alliance seeks to make NCHEP as inclusive and interactive as possible for the those who are currently incarcerated. This survey collects information about currently incarcerated students' access to Zoom in an effort to plan this year's NCHEP in way that promotes both.

Financial Aid

The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison covers many costs associated with NCHEP attendance for financial aid recipients. This can include flights, hotel stays, conference registration, transportation to/from the airport, and/or incidentals during the conference. Financial aid packages are available for anyone without institutional support to attend the 13th NCHEP.  People who are formerly incarcerated will be prioritized for financial aid.

The deadline for submitting an application was July 31. Award notification occurred August 15, 2023. Please direct any questions to

Invitation for Proposals

The deadline for submitting proposals has passed.

This year's conference will feature a full day of presentations by currently incarcerated scholars, followed by two days of meetings, presentations, and activities. Although the deadline for proposals has passed, we understand that incarcerated individuals may not have been able to confirm their ability to present before the deadline. If you are incarcerated or serving as a proxy for an incarcerated person who would like to present, please email us at


Dates and Deadlines

June 15 - Proposal Deadline

July 15 - Notification of Accept or Decline

Sponsors of the 12th NCHEP