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This campaign ended on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

WOW!! After going live on Fri, we have now exceeded our original fundraising goal!!!  Thanks to our many supporters, there is so much more that we can do. If we reach our new goal of $30,000 we will fund our graduate student administrators fully next year, expand our ventures in new facilities, and maybe design that computational skills class we have been dreaming about...

Help us provide incarcerated students a high quality education! Princeton students and faculty provide free college classes throughout New Jersey’s prison system. Far more than a college education, we give students hope for their future. Join us in continuing to put “In the Nation's Service and the Service of Humanity" into practice!

We can’t do it alone. We need your financial support.

We don’t charge the students for classes. We are highly dependent on our funders like you to keep our program going.

  • With a transportation budget, we could bring in far more undergraduate tutors and teachers without cars. We could also increase our work in more distant facilities.
  • A stipend for graduate administrators would allow us to recognize the phenomenal work our graduate students do.
  • Longer-term, we need to convert our part-time administrator into a permanent position to handle our 100 volunteers and 1,000 students.

The Mission of the Prison Teaching Initiative:

The mass incarceration epidemic is one of the great challenges in America today. Princeton’s Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) aims to reduce incarceration rates in New Jersey by increasing access to post-secondary education in carceral facilities.

Since 2006 PTI has provided both rigorous coursework and strong academic support to all of our students. Like any college experience, we help our students reach their academic and professional potential. Central to PTI's mission is providing the full range of coursework required to obtain an Associate of Arts Degree to best prepare prisoners for their lives after prison. We are part of a larger network of post-secondary educators in New Jersey.


Why Prison Teaching?


There are more than 2 million people incarcerated in the United States today, disproportionately people of color. About 95 percent of all inmates eventually reenter society. In-prison education provides a positive social network, set of commitments, and support system that help students adjust to life outside prison upon release. Post-secondary education while incarcerated has been shown to drastically reduce an individual's chances of returning to prison.

The PTI faculty consist of Princeton PhD students, postdocs, and faculty,  well as teachers and scholars from across New Jersey. Some of our instructors have written about the experience of teaching in prisons here and here.


Support Us Today


$10,000 will have an enormous impact on our ability to provide educational services to this disadvantaged population. Currently, Princeton University funds a part-time administrator, while most programs our size have multiple full time administrative employees. Additional funds would allow us to initiate exciting new projects, like creating one of the first-in-the-nation STEM degrees or expanding into combined classes, which bring current college students into prison for joint classes.  





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Donate $25 for Books & Supplies “In prison your mind can grow stale, for most of us our minds were dormant to begin with so to bring education in here means more than most people could ever understand.” -- Student Inmate at East Jersey State Prison

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“It has also allowed for me to have a more intellectual conversation with my 16 year old son. Through our constant conversation about college he's looking forward to going to college. That alone is reward enough for me!” -- Student Inmate at East Jersey State Prison

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Donate $100 to help fund a graduate student teacher “PTI . . . has changed me as a pedagogue, a scholar, & a human . . . . Its marvelous students & teachers form the loveliest, most complex community, at once mutually challenging & intensely supportive. PTI is, simply, the best thing.” -- Ian Davis, Princeton University Graduate Student in English and Inaugural Recipient of a PTI Fellowship

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“Being incarcerated for such a long time, I now know that education is the key to not coming back to prison. Being in the program has also kept me in a positive state of mind in a not so positive place. Thank you, teachers from Princeton.” -- Student Inmate at East Jersey State Prison

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"It is a strange thing that the path to hope is often found in a prison, but it is." -- Michael Satterfield, Graduate of PTI