Northwestern University’s Prison Education Program brings professors into Illinois prisons to help incarcerated students work towards a degree. The first cohort of students in the program recently celebrated their graduation— marking the first time that incarcerated inmates received degrees from a U.S. News and World Report top 10 ranked university. Northwestern currently has four cohorts of 20 students in their program, with over 400 incarcerated people vying for a spot in the last application cycle. If students are released from prison before completing their degree, they can continue taking classes virtually or on Northwestern’s campus. Graduates of the Prison Education Program are motivated to gain employment upon release, continue learning, and help other incarcerated people reach their goals.
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