“What I love about the Prison University Project is that it increases the number of people in the world who approach life with curiosity, confidence, and ambition, rather than with trepidation, resentment, or helplessness.”
Freelance Education Consultant
“We’ve become adept at throwing certain people away, depriving society of their unique gifts and wisdom. The Prison University Project reaffirms the humanity and incredible potential of hundreds of ‘thrown away’ students.”
Sia Henry, J.D.
Senior Program Associate
National Prison Rape Elimination Act Resource Center
“Of all the college students in the country, the Prison University Project’s are the most joyful, committed and transformed by education, and they are the ones our society cares least about.”
Peter Bach-y-Rita, Ph.D., J.D.
Gibson, Dunn, & Kutcher
“I’m honored to share in the Prison University Project’s work. I have witnessed our program offering hope and possibility, along with dignity and respect, and often new ideas for incarcerated people.”
Connie Krosney, Ed.D.
Professor of Education (Retired)
“Anyone who meets the students of the Prison University Project are inspired by their commitment to using education to improve themselves and their community. They are the leaders of the criminal justice reform movement. Come see for yourself!”
“The Prison University Project changed my life. I have witnessed how education brings hope to the hopeless, a voice to the voiceless and opportunity to those who seek it out.”
Prison University Project Alumnus, Manager of Technology & Program Delivery
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
“My experience working with graduates of the program has completely changed my perception of the talent, drive, and potential of incarcerated students.”
Senior Director of Finance and Administration
The George Lucas Education Foundation
“I support the Prison University Project because its work is life-affirming, liberatory, and engenders dignity. I’m motivated to see this model expand beyond San Quentin.”
Bay Area Executive Director
“I am drawn to the Prison University Project, because it resists the notion that some of us don’t deserve the transformative power of education and learning. I want nothing more than our graduates to continue disrupting the status quo in criminal justice from within the walls of San Quentin, and beyond them.”
College Track East Palo Alto
“The Prison University Project breathes hope into a system where many have unfairly labeled people as hopeless. As someone who has experienced first-hand the negative effects of having a father incarcerated, I know that giving someone the resources and support they need to be successful can make all of the difference.”
Founder and CEO
Leoni Consulting Group LLC
“Prison University Project students are humbling with their thirst for learning. Society has left so many of them behind, but education is transforming them, helping them to realize their potential!”
Professor of Decision Sciences
San Francisco State University
“The Prison University Project takes the simple proposition that all students deserve a quality education and extends it to those most overlooked. Creating an environment that challenges students to make connections to the world outside the classroom, the program provides space for dynamic conversations, while building students’ confidence in their own abilities.”
Haley Pollack, Ph. D.
Principal of College and Career Pathways
Five Keys Schools and Programs
“Education is a fundamental human right and no person, regardless of circumstances, can be deprived of such a right. The Prison University Project recognizes that truth and acts to make it a reality.”
J. Lawrence Norton
California State University
“Working with San Quentin students who are eagerly engaging in their education is inspiring and humbling because it demonstrates what is possible when the rehabilitation part of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is taken seriously.”
Kathy Richards, J.D.
“The Prison University Project is a strong positive model for what is possible for high quality education to accomplish in terms of preparation for reentry and personal growth and transformation. It should be replicated in every prison in CA and the nation.”
Public Defender of the City and County of San Francisco
"The Prison University Project has been an invaluable higher education program for more than 21 years by providing offenders with access to rigorous academic instruction from leading educational professionals."