Preparing for Pell: PEP Director Presents at CEA International Conference

In late August of 2023, WashU PEP Director Kevin Windhauser presented on navigating the restoration of Pell Grants for incarcerated students at the Correctional Education Association‘s annual conference and training event alongside representatives from the Vera Institute of Justice, Georgia Coalition for Higher Education in Prison (GCHEP), and Mississippi Department of Corrections. Since the 1994 […]

PEP Hosts 2023 Maggie Garb Memorial Lecture

On March 27th, PEP was proud to host the 2023 Maggie Garb Memorial Lecture, “Working at the Intersection of Art, Activism, and Anti-Carcerality,” a discussion featuring playwright, trauma-informed journalist, and activist Sarah Shourd alongside Shubra Ohri, an attorney with the MacArthur Justice Center. The discussion was moderated by PEP Director Kevin Windhauser. The wide-ranging discussion […]

PEP Expands Financial Literacy Workshops

Thanks to the generous support of the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis in 2022, the Prison Education Project completed a series of reentry workshops on a variety of topics, from technology and digital literacy to health literacy. In 2023, PEP has been able to expand the reach of these workshops by partnering with Criminal Justice […]

2022 Year-End Roundup

PEP has had a big year in 2022!! From the launch of our second degree program at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center in Vandalia, MO to our celebration of 18 new PEP graduates at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center, it’s been a full and exciting year. Here are some of our most […]

Higher Education as Reentry: PEP Hosts Panel at Missouri Reentry Conference

On November 3rd, as a part of the Missouri Reentry Conference, Washington University’s Prison Education Project co-hosted a panel on higher education as a form of reentry programming with St. Louis University’s Prison Education Program. The conversation featured Kevin Windhauser, WashU PEP’s Program Director, Jim Brock, WashU PEP’s Alumni Coordinator, Julie O’Heir, SLU PEP’s Program […]

PEP Attends and Presents at 2022 STEM-OPS Annual Convening

In late October, the Washington University in St. Louis Prison Education Project team attended the first STEM-OPS Annual Convening, a conference for stakeholders dedicated to expanding access to STEM education and careers for people impacted by incarceration. STEM-OPS, or STEM Opportunities in Prison Settings, is an alliance of partnered organizations guided by the vision that […]

PEP Completes Technology and Digital Literacy workshop series

Thanks to the generous support of the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, the Prison Education Project was recently able to complete our Technology and Digital Literacy workshop series! Workshops are led by Reentry Coordinator Dr. Jami Ake and made possible through significant support by Alumni Education Coordinator Sam Densing. On Saturday, October 15th, PEP will […]

Justice for All: PEP and Gephardt Institute Host Voting Rights Restoration Panel

On Monday, September 26th, the Prison Education Project hosted a panel discussion on the status of voting rights for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in Missouri as a part of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement’s Civic Action Week. The conversation featured Jameel Spann, Violence Intervention Specialist at the Freedom Community Center and […]

PEP Student Patty Prewitt Interviewed by PEN America

This week, PEN America posted an interview with current PEP student Patty Prewitt to their website. A non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of free expression through programming in creative writing, PEN America has a longstanding engagement with incarcerated writers through the Prison Writing Program. The interview is an illuminating read for those curious about […]