Petey Greene Program Brings College Students into Prisons as Teachers
Date:  11-28-2016

Instructors and people in prison learn from each other as they work toward the goal of successful reentry
From the Star-Ledger

About a half-dozen students sat at their desks, listening as a guest speaker led them through a discussion about the election process and the combination of factors that made Donald Trump's stunning victory possible.

To an outsider, it could have been any social studies classroom a week after the election, except that all the students wore the same prison-issued khaki uniforms and a tutor from Princeton University was leading the lesson. Down the hall at Garden State Youth Correctional Facility's learning center, a cluster of inmates worked through a chapter about latitude and longitude with the help of two tutors. In another classroom, a tutor worked one-on-one with an inmate on adding fractions with different denominators.

The four Princeton students are among dozens of volunteers in the Petey Greene Program who spend two hours a week in a state prison tutoring inmates working toward their high school diploma or equivalency.

The program began in 2008, in large part as a response to an increased need for tutors in the prisons' short-staffed education programs. Read more >>