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The Institute for Prison Teaching and Outreach: Providing a Second Chance Through Education

Based at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), the Institute works to provide educational programming to local inmate populations through the efforts of TCNJ professors and students.

Research indicates that inmates who participate in educational programs behind bars are less likely to recidivate, and more likely to become productive members of society upon their release. It is the Institute’s goal to make this transformation a possibility through the offering of credit-bearing courses as well as other forms of academic tutoring and enrichment to those living behind bars.

The Institute is a joint initiative of the History Department and Bonner Center and is currently supported financially by the Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program and the funders of the new statewide consortium, NJ STEP. The Institute is also very grateful for past support directly from the Sunshine Lady Foundation and the Second Chance Act (administered by the United States Department of Justice), as well as for the many TCNJ students, faculty and staff who dedicate their time to carrying out the Institute’s mission.

We welcome you to our site, and encourage you to browse its pages to learn more about the different components of the Institute’s programming.