"Education transforms lives, not simply by fostering opportunity, but by opening new avenues of thought and experience. The Prison University Project is a testament to the power of education to enrich human life and provide hope."
Associate Director of Development
“A college degree is a gateway to opportunity. By granting access to higher education, the Prison University Project renews hope for those willing to work hard and prepare for a better future.”
Chancellor of the California State University
"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, P.h.D, J.D
Gibson, Dunn, & Kutcher
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!
"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."
"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."
Senior Director of Finance and Administration
The George Lucas Education Foundation
"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
"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
“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.”
California State Assembly member
Social Psychologist, Associate Professor at Stanford University
"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."