Higher Education in Prison in Georgia

Click on any of the names or logos below to learn more about programs that provide higher education to people in prison and other justice-impacted people in Georgia. Each of these programs is committed to providing high-quality, in-person instruction.

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.

Common Good Atlanta provides incarcerated people with broad, democratic access to higher education so they can develop a better understanding of both themselves and the societal forces at work around them. Common Good offers college courses at Phillips State Prison, Burruss Correctional Facility, Whitworth Women’s Facility, and Metro Reentry Facility as well as courses in downtown Atlanta that provide credit through Bard College.

RestoreHER US.America in partnership with the Spelman College Social Justice Program have created “UNLOCKED MINDS”, a dual certificate program at Whitworth Women’s Facility that provides a book club and wellness program with plans to incorporate college credit courses to justice-involved women throughout GDC.

A collaborative project of the Atlanta Theological Association (ATA) and Arrendale State Prison’s Chaplaincy Department, the Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS) is a yearlong program of theological education for incarcerated women, with classes designed and taught by graduate students and faculty from four ATA schools: Candler School of Theology, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, the Interdenominational Theological Center and Columbia Theological Seminary.

The Chillon Project is an initiative of Life University's Center for Compassion, Integrity, and Secular Ethics to provide Associate and Bachelor degree programs to people in prison, formerly incarcerated people, and correctional staff in Georgia. Since 2016, Life University has offered an Associate of Arts in Positive Human Development and Social Change and now offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Arrendale State Prison for Women.

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. GSUPEP offers Associate Degree programs at Phillips State Prison, in cooperation with Common Good Atlanta, and at Walker State Prison. GSUPEP also provides for-credit classes at Whitworth Women’s Facility in cooperation with Reforming Arts and enrichment classes at the Atlanta Youth Development Center, the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta, Hancock State Prison, and the Atlanta Transitional Center.

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is a course that brings together campus-based college students and incarcerated students. Typically, the course is comprised of 15 "inside" (incarcerated) students and 15 "outside" (non-incarcerated) students and meets in a correctional setting. Inside-Out at UGA is a partnership between the Department of Sociology and the Clarke County Sheriff's Office - Jail Section.

Inside-Out at Berry College

Berry College collaborates with Floyd County Prison (FCP) to offer an annual, for-credit class to men incarcerated at FCP. The class applies the The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program pedagogy, which brings together a balanced number of Inside (incarcerated) and Outside (Berry College) students who meet weekly at FCP. The semester-long course is structured to facilitate collaborative student interactions, critical thinking, and dialogue about complex social issues.

FICGN promotes the education and empowerment of formerly incarcerated people through a collective community by strengthening social networks of formerly incarcerated people, creating spaces for formerly incarcerated people to share and discuss ideas, changing social perceptions of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, changing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people’s views of themselves, promoting and supporting prison and post-prison education, demonstrating the value of our lived experience, and advocating for criminal justice policy change.