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Our Mission

The Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall at Yale seeks to expand upon existing Yale participation in prison education by bringing access to rigorous, for-credit Yale College courses to incarcerated students in Connecticut prisons.

 
 

"I began my educational  journey in a prison, and I desire to go as far as I can..." 

-GEORGE CHOCHOS, B.A. BARD PRISON INITIATIVE; M.DIV., YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL, 2016

Our History

 YPEI was founded in 2016 by Yale alumna Zelda Roland (BA '08 PhD '16) and offered its first for-credit courses in the summer of 2018 at MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution and Manson Youth Institution. We continue to expand our course offerings and seek to grow our impact both on campus and in prisons.

 
 

Prison Education By the Numbers

Number of people incarcerated in the United States:

2.2 million

 

Number of prisons in Connecticut:

15

Books and supplies for one incarcerated student in YPEI pilot:

$165

Percentage of YPEI partner program Bard Prison Initiative students who return to prison after release:

4%

Cost to taxpayers to incarcerate one person for a year:

$60,000

Percent of people in state prison who have had some form of postsecondary education:

22%

 
 
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