Building lives beyond prisons

Lasting freedom through the power of education

 
What We DoThe Post-Prison Education Program aims to dramatically reduce recidivism* by supporting the transition out of prison and harnessing the power of education. We offer people leaving prison the tools and human support needed to find housing, mental health services, meaningful employment, and gain higher education, enabling them to break free from cycles of hopelessness, inter-generational poverty and imprisonment.

What We Do

The Post-Prison Education Program aims to dramatically reduce recidivism* by supporting the transition out of prison and harnessing the power of education. We offer people leaving prison the tools and human support needed to find housing, mental health services, meaningful employment, and gain higher education, enabling them to break free from cycles of hopelessness, inter-generational poverty and imprisonment.

Why EducationStudies show that two years of post-secondary education reduces the rate of recidivism* by more than 50% and our results are even more dramatic. In 2016, the University of Washington completed an extensive evaluation of the Program’s wo…

Why Education

Studies show that two years of post-secondary education reduces the rate of recidivism* by more than 50% and our results are even more dramatic. In 2016, the University of Washington completed an extensive evaluation of the Program’s work over 11 years and reported our students had a 92.13% success rate staying out of prison.

Who We Work ForThe Program provides extensive outreach in prisons and intensive support to individuals after release. We focus on people who are at significant risk of returning to prison. Because they are incarcerated in disproportionately high num…

Who We Work For

The Program provides extensive outreach in prisons and intensive support to individuals after release. We focus on people who are at significant risk of returning to prison. Because they are incarcerated in disproportionately high numbers, the Program focuses its efforts on communities of color, low-income communities, uneducated communities and people living with mental illness.

Every Dollar Makes a Difference in the Lives of Our Students

Here are a few ways you can support the hope and humanity of people leaving prison, even if you don’t have much to give. 

 

Glassybaby’s Grant Program

Take five minutes to nominate the Program for a Glassybaby grant. $5,000 would make a big difference for our students this time of year.

Plan for Giving Tuesday

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving (December 1st) is “Giving Tuesday.” Put aside a few dollars a day until December 1st and make our day! Please help us by planning ahead!

Amazon Smile and Amazon Prime Day October 13-14

You can choose the Post-Prison Education Program to benefit from your Amazon Smile purchases, which can be even greater on Prime Day, October 13-14

Spread the Word

Your endorsement is invaluable. Tell three friends why you support the Program and invite them to follow along. 

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Recause.com

Rally your friends with a matching campaign. The new “Recause” allows you to inspire and match your friends’ donations to the Program

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“In 2010, I met [Program President] Ari. He had all these grand ideas for my life. He convinced me it was a good idea to go to college, even though I had no idea what I wanted to do, I just knew I wanted to be of service to other people [...] I was on a mission to change my life.”

- Ginny Burton, Program Graduate, Student, Former Employee, Volunteer and Peer Counselor

To understand our work, it helps to understand the system and structure in which it exists. In our resource guide, we list the books, articles, videos and more that shed light on the many issues within the Prison Industrial Complex. These are the resources that have inspired, taught and enlightened us.

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