PROGRAM: Prison-to-College Pipeline

Presented by:
Mississippi Humanities
Local Partner: Colleges and Universities Subject: Varies Audience: Other

The Prison-to-College Pipeline is a college-level course for prisoners who hold high school diplomas or GEDs. Course content is designed around inmates’ interests. Prisoners who participate in the course have the opportunity to earn college credit, and perhaps more importantly, to prove to themselves they have the ability to pursue a college education after their release. Professor Patrick Alexander launched the Prison-to-College Pipeline Program at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman in June 2014 with a grant from the University of Mississippi’s College of Liberal Arts. After two successful summers at Parchman, history professors Otis Pickett (Mississippi College) and Stephanie Rolph (Millsaps College) brought the program to women incarcerated at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl with support from the Mississippi Humanities Council and Mississippi College.