Join the Yale Prison Education Initiative and partners for “Dignity, Education, and Economic Mobility for Minnesotans Behind Bars”

The Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall at Yale has become a nationally preeminent program bringing access to real, rigorous, credit-bearing Yale liberal arts courses to incarcerated students in Connecticut. In the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown, incarcerated students all around the country have experienced the dramatic impact of isolation. YPEI has maintained its valuable connection with students in remarkable ways, pivoting from in-person courses and workshops to correspondence-based programming relayed through mail delivery for students at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution.

Join the founding director of YPEI and leading voices in the college in prison movement for an informative panel discussion.

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An opportunity for faith community engagement

James Jeter     Daniel Karpowitz     Zelda Roland

Tuesday, July 14, 2020  |  8-9:15 pm ET; 7-8:15 pm CT; 6-7:15 MT; 5-6:15 pm PT

(via Zoom)

FREE and registration required

Join us for a discussion about why college in prison is so important, and how it can help break the cycle of poverty.

A panel of national leaders will address issues of mass incarceration, educational access, and criminal justice reform from a faith perspective.


James Jeter, alum of the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education at Cheshire Correctional Institution, where he was incarcerated for nearly 20 years

Daniel Karpowitz, Assistant Commissioner for Policy at the Minnesota Department of Corrections and interagency lead and special advisor to Governor Tim Walz on criminal justice

Zelda Roland, founding director of the Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall

Moderated by Otis Zanders, President and CEO of Ujamaa Place

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