Established in 2017, the Incarceration to Education Initiative at Boston College creates transformative learning opportunities within and beyond prison walls.

Through a collaborative effort, the initiative currently offers a semester-long Inside-Out course that grants college course credit for all participating students. Based on the widely successful model of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, Boston College students learn alongside students who are incarcerated at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. The initiative is poised to build on this initial offering to, over time, create a variety of rigorous liberal arts education opportunities to even more people who are incarcerated.

In order to support long-term productive exchanges between the University and community, the initiative also convenes dialogues and catalyzes applied community-based research about critical issues in the justice system. For more information or to get involved in any of this work, contact the initiative coordinator. 

The Boston College Incarceration to Education Initiative is supported by a generous grant from the Hearst Foundations.

Initiative academic and research advisors: David Goodman (Woods College of Advancing Studies), Stephen Pfohl (Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Sociology Department), Julia DeVoy (Lynch School of Education). Initiative Coordinator: Matt DelSesto (Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Sociology Department).