The Washington University Prison Education Project (PEP) cultivates a rigorous college-in-prison environment that encourages and supports life-long curiosity, dialogue, and collaboration. By offering courses, degrees, and other opportunities for intellectual engagement in the liberal arts, PEP strives to nurture thinkers and social change agents who positively impact their communities, families, and each other.
PEP is committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship in prison and to fostering the academic, personal, and professional development of the students it serves. PEP embodies the transformative power of a liberal arts education that is both accessible and equitable, and offers a community to those impacted by incarceration that is positive, productive, and reveals the innate value and potential of each student.
The mission of PEP is to:
- Develop students’ critical thinking, oral and written expression, quantitative analysis, and interdisciplinary understanding.
- Provide skills that prepare students for future careers and for lives of exploration, discovery, and learning.
- Empower students to be more empathetic and engaged leaders in both their local and global communities.
- Offer unique reentry solutions to alums of the PEP program post-incarceration so that they may continue their academic endeavors or chosen career paths.