The Boston College Prison Education Program (BCPEP) is an Applied Liberal Arts BA program serving incarcerated students at a medium-security prison in Shirley, MA. As the largest higher education in prison program in the state of Massachusetts, we have admitted over 60 students into our program. We are committed to serving the academic and career objectives of our students, prioritizing a humanistic, formative approach to teaching, learning, community building, and student development.

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Courses Run in the 2023-24 Academic Year