Partakers supports Massachusetts prison education by coordinating teams of volunteers who mentor incarcerated women and men as they pursue higher education through the Boston University Prison Education Program, the Tufts Prison Initiative, and the Emerson Prison Initiative. Through its College Behind Bars mentoring program, incarcerated people enhance skills critical to completing a college degree, and build trusting personal relationships. Both activities significantly increase their chances for success when they return to the community. Partakers is a registered 501(c) (3) Tax deductible non profit organization. 04-3379946
Partakers’ College Behind Bars Program has proven to be extremely successful. Women and men in prison who have gone through the program show a 2% recidivism rate compared to the Massachusetts three year rate of 32%.* (MA Department of Corrections) According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics study, national rates average 67.8% over 3 years.
Our mentoring program has advanced the education of many people in prison who have graduated from Boston University.
Partakers has an active, involved volunteer base of over 400 people participating as mentors to women and men in 5 prisons throughout Massachusetts.
We have 30 community organizations that sponsor and support mentoring teams.