Read the Inaugural Volume of the Journal of Higher Education in Prison

September 7, 2021
By:
Alliance for Higher Education in Prison

Established in 2019, the Journal of Higher Education in Prison is the only open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes exclusively on topics and issues affecting the field of higher education in prison. Our goal is that the journal will serve as a tool to facilitate conversation on theory, praxis, and teaching and learning in prison.

Launching this journal represents one facet of our collective commitment to quality higher education, as well as an effort to engage in and promote public dialogue. As we move forward, we invite practitioners, students, advocates, policymakers, and others immersed in scholarship and research that centers teaching and learning in prison to use the pages of this journal to amplify access to their work. By creating a space dedicated to this scholarship, and expanding access to such work, we hope this journal will improve the quality of educational opportunities available to students currently incarcerated and alumni of higher education in prison programs with the ultimate goal of aiding in the effort to abolish the prison industrial complex.

Volume 1 contains essays and articles that answer some of the following: What is the field of higher education in prison, and what does it mean to be a "field"?

What are the greatest barriers to building the field of higher education in prison? What are the various tensions within higher education in prison? What are the possibilities and/or limitations of higher education in prison? In what ways does/doesn’t/should the work of higher education in prison align with various forms of equity, including those centered on race, gender, class, sex, ability, citizenship, and related forms of power?