Yale Undergraduate Prison Project (YUPP)


Our Mission:

The Yale Undergraduate Prison Project (YUPP) is a student-run social justice organization with over 250 members. We seek to challenge the inequities of the criminal justice system through educational programs and advocacy, while learning from and supporting others who share that vision.

At the heart of this work sits our dedication to work with formerly and currently incarcerated individuals and their families in their pursuit of educational, personal, and expressive goals. In the political arena, we contribute to social justice campaigns led by community organizers in New Haven, Connecticut, and beyond: always taking deliberate care to center the voices and experiences of those most affected. On campus, we promote dialogue around issues connected to mass incarceration with the hopes of engaging Yale community members in this work.

YUPP runs programs at correctional facilities and community reentry centers in Connecticut. Our GED tutoring, seminar-style discussion groups, and mentoring programs impact over a hundred incarcerated or formerly incarcerated individuals annually. In addition to the educational programs we run each week, members engage in advocacy and activism on a local, state, and national level. On campus, YUPP hosts a diverse group of speakers each semester from fields and disciplines that intersect with mass incarceration in order to promote dialogue and engage Yale and New Haven community members in this work.

Our Activities:

Pardon Program
Direct Service
YUPP works with Project Fresh Start to support formerly incarcerated residents with reintegrating into the New Haven community by aiding in pardon applications.

Rikers Debate Project
Direct Service
YUPP develops curriculum and lesson plans for debate programs in carceral institutions.

GED Tutoring
Direct Service
YUPP tutors formerly incarcerated individuals working to get their GED.

Criminal Justice Advocacy
Advocacy, or Activism
YUPP advocacy consists of 8 issue-specific advocacy groups that each partner with a local Connecticut and national organization to advocate for issues surrounding the criminal justice system. Direct actions include supporting legislative campaigns through canvassing and organizing awareness campaigns, as well as supporting research or day-to-day actions of partner organizations.

Student Leaders:

Hannah Ji - Coordinator/President Kanyinsola Anifowoshe - Co-Coordinator/Co-President Elizabeth Cordova - Co-Coordinator/Co-President

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