Exchange For Change
Exchange believes education is a human right. We believe in the value of every voice, and we give our students an opportunity to express themselves without the fear of being stigmatized. When everyone has the ability to listen and be heard, strong and safe communities are formed. With a pen and paper, students can become agents of social change across different communities in ways they may otherwise have never encountered.
Primary Contact:
Paula Da Silva
(she/her)
info@exchange-for-change.org
Florida Prison Education Project
The Florida Prison Education Project provides educational opportunities to incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated people in Florida, researches the societal benefits of prison education, and integrates the study of justice into the University of Central Florida curriculum.
Primary Contact:
Keri Watson (she/her)
keri.watson@ucf.edu

Secondary Contact:
Jason Fronczek
(he/him)
Jason.fronczek@ucf.edu
Georgia State University Prison Education Project
The Georgia State University Prison Education Project (GSUPEP) works to bring higher education into prisons, to facilitate education for those who have been incarcerated, and to educate our on-campus students about issues of mass incarceration. Educational opportunities during incarceration has been shown to reduce recidivism, improve employment opportunities, and promote self-worth. GSUPEP offers support and opportunities to incarcerated students to promote lifelong learning that strengthens human character, increases understanding of life experiences and motivates students to engage in productive citizenship.
Primary Contact:
Owen Cantrell (he/him)
prisoned@gsu.edu
Mississippi Valley State University’s Prison Education Partnership Program
This program provides on-site postsecondary instruction/education to incarcerated students in the Delta Correctional Facility of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility. PEPP is in line with MVSU’s mission and vision to provide accessible, relevant and quality academic and public service programs to all qualified students and continue to attain preeminence in the quality of its students’ educational experience and its graduates. It is part of our very foundational purpose, reflecting our institutional motto: “Live for Service.”
Primary contact:
Kathryn Green (she/her)
klgreen@mvsu.edu
Piedmont Virginia Community College Higher Education in Prison Program
Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Higher Education in Prison program offers the Associate of Science degree in General Studies to incarcerated students at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (FCCW), Buckingham Correctional Center (BCC), and Dillwyn Correctional Center (DCC). Established in 2006, this program prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. 100% of the instruction is delivered in a classroom-based, face-to-face format to incarcerated students.
Primary Contact:
John R. Donnelly
(he/him)
jdonnelly@pvcc.edu
Reforming Arts
Reforming Arts supports people who are under carceral control in Georgia through arts, education, and reentry services. Our theatre infused higher education in prison and reentry programs foster the development of creative critical thinking and encourage students to explore creative solution and build livable lives.
Primary Contact:
Wende Ballew
(they/them)
wendeballew@reformingarts.org

Secondary Contact:
Audrey Gámez
(she/her)
audreygamez@reformingarts.org
Resilience Education
Resilience Education stops cycles of incarceration by improving employment outcomes and reentry success through high-quality business education.
Primary Contact:
Tierney Fairchild
(she/her)
tierney@resilience-education.org

Secondary Contact:
whitney@resilience-education.org
Tennessee Higher Education in Prison Initiative (THEI)
THEI is a non-profit organization working to disrupt systems of harm and create opportunities for autonomy and success by providing college access to people inside Tennessee prisons, preparing students for skillful reentry, and reducing barriers to continued education and achievement.
Primary Contact:
Dr. Laura Ferguson-Mimms (she/her)
laura@thei.org

Secondary Contact:
Karla Coleman Garcia
(she/her)
karla@thei.org
Restorative Justice Lab @ UNA
The Restorative Justice Lab is a collaborative and interdisciplinary hub for rethinking justice through community-building, mutual aid, and restorative practices that prevent, reduce, and transform harm. Our work is generated from and around prisons in Alabama. The centerpiece of our Lab is our credit-bearing Certificate in Restorative Justice, which is offered through the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program model.
Primary Contact:
Katie Owens-Murphy
(she/her)
kowensmurphy@una.edu
UNC Asheville Prison Education Program
Our mission is to offer high-quality liberal arts education to students in carceral institutions in Western North Carolina, collaborate with community partners in developing resources to ensure those students’ educational success post-release, design and deliver educational opportunities for children and families of justice-involved individuals; and advocate for education-related reform in criminal justice.
Primary Contact:
Patrick Bahls
(he/him)
pbahls@unca.edu

Secondary Contact:
prisoneducation@unca.edu