YPEI has been a proud member of the Bard Prison Initiative's national Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prisons since 2017. Through the Consortium, BPI collaborates with colleges and universities to catalyze, launch, and sustain college-in-prison programs across the country. Together these leading institutions are challenging expectations of inclusive excellence while redefining the boundaries of success for people in and returning home from prison.
YALE SCHOOL OF ART / ART AND SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE
As an integral component within the Art and Social Justice Initiative, Yale School of Art first partnered with the Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall in 2018 to create a summer art program for incarcerated students at the Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire, CT, with credited Yale courses and extra-curricular workshops led by recent MFA graduates. In 2019, YSoA continued the partnership by offering "Visual Thinking" to incarcerated students at MacDougall-Walker CI, a high/maximum security prison in Suffield, CT.
With the launch of the Policy Lab at Yale's Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) in Spring 2017, YPEI announced an exciting partnership in the formation of the Lab's Prison Education Working Group.
Founded in 2009, YUPP began as a criminal justice reading group for Yale students to educate themselves about the system of mass incarceration and to increase dialogue around the topic on campus. Shortly after the reading group was started, Yale students decided that they wanted to do more than just read about the issues: they wanted to be a part of the solution. In 2010, YUPP began providing incarcerated young men at Manson Youth Institution with greater access to educational programming including GED tutoring, post-GED reading groups, and mentoring programs. Over the past several years, Yale Undergraduate Prison Project has expanded to encompass prison activism, advocacy, and reform efforts as a Dwight Hall member group.
YUPP supports the development of a formal prison education program at Yale through its work with the Yale Prison Education Initiative.