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The Landscape Of Higher Education In Prison

Author(s): Caisa E. Royer, Erin L. Castro, Mary R. Gould, Amy E. Lerman

Publisher: Alliance for Higher Education in Prison

Year: 2020


In this report, we provide a descriptive overview of the landscape of higher education in
prison during the 2019-2020 academic year, prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (July
1, 2019 – March 1, 2020). To our knowledge, the data we present here is the best available
information about the state of higher education in prison programming prior to the
disruptive effect of the pandemic.
Data for this report are drawn from responses to the 2021 Annual Survey of Higher Education
in Prison Programs (n = 168), which were compiled with known program information from
the National Directory of Higher Education in Prison Programs (n = 204). Additional information
on the Annual Survey and National Directory are provided in Appendix A.

Last Updated: 9/7/22