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The mission of the Prison University Project is to provide free, high-quality higher education to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, to create a replicable model for such programs, and to transform criminal justice policy by raising public awareness.
The Prison University Project provides college preparatory course work and higher education inside the prison system.
Each year, PUP runs high-quality education programs to 300 incarcerated adult men at San Quentin State Prison in Marin, California. As an extension site of Patten University (a fully accredited independent university based in Oakland, CA), PUP offers college preparatory courses in math and English, as well as college classes in the humanities, social sciences, math, and science, leading to an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts.
For most of the men in our program, growing up in low-income communities with failing school systems and little opportunity for education or employment has played a critical role in the path to prison. Our students face a unique set of barriers to higher education, and PUP addresses those to remarkable success.
The San Quentin College Program relies entirely on volunteer instructors and teaching assistants to run these programs.
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