The Prison University Project runs its courses out of San Quentin State Prison, which is a public prison for men in Marin County, California. It is known as a progressive prison, particularly because of the many volunteer-based programs that run within its gates—among which, ours is the largest. Students enrolled in our courses are from the general population, which is Level II, or medium security. They attend class on the prison grounds, in the afternoon and evening, Sunday through Friday, and on Friday mornings.
In contrast to widely-available correspondence courses available at a cost at most prisons, our courses are in-classroom and discussion-based, and offer transferable credits.