Yale Prison Education Initiative

at Dwight Hall at Yale

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

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"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

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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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Michelle Kuo (author of "Reading With Patrick") in conversation with James Forman, Jr., J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School and author of "Locking up Our Own," and YPEI's James Jeter and Zelda Roland.

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