Prison Electives Project

by manisha

The Prison Electives Project develops and delivers original, semester-long, discussion-based courses at NJ State prisons. Each course is taught by a small group of teachers, and in the past the Project has run courses on Spoken Word Poetry, Philosophy, and Current Events. This project provides unique and additional educational opportunities to inmates at New Jersey state prisons, which have been directly linked to lower recidivism rates. Additionally, it gives volunteers the opportunity to design and deliver original curricula in the prison environment.

When: Prison Electives is at least a semester long commitment, as student volunteers will be visiting the prison every week to teach their course. Classes are taught one night a week and are usually ~90 minutes long.

Where: NJ State prisons near Princeton; transportation provided through the Pace Center

Contacts: Jeffrey Gleason (; Allison Fleming (;  Sebastian Witherspoon (