“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.
Prison Law Office
“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
“Education and redemption go hand-in-hand. For the Prison University Project’s students, learning about the world is a vehicle for learning about themselves and their potential.”
Anne Irwin, J.D.
Criminal Justice Reform Grantmaker
The JK Irwin Foundation, The Threshold Foundation, and Solidaire
“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.”
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
“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."