The Petey Greene Program (PGP) supplements education in prisons by preparing volunteers, primarily college students, to provide free, quality tutoring to support the academic achievement of incarcerated people. While Petey Greene has a presence at a number of colleges, Princeton is home to its largest and original chapter; its volunteers typically tutor in the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility, and they focus on GED-level subjects.
While only some returning volunteers will be able to tutor virtually, we have begun a new partnership in the Spring with Fresh Step @ Your Library, a reentry program focused on reconnecting returning citizens with their communities at public libraries in New Jersey. As a part of this partnership, PGP tutors will offer virtual tutoring to formerly incarcerated people pursuing a high school equivalency degree. In the meantime, PGP will offer an educational webinar series on topics such as prison education, the history of incarceration, and advocacy efforts concerning the criminal legal system and sponsor other virtual events throughout the year.
In short, Petey Greene works to support the academic achievement of the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated in order to reduce recidivism rates and build stronger communities.