Saint Louis University

I quickly realized that this was less about how I could benefit personally, and more about what I do with the education I'm receiving and how I could help others to help themselves.

-Prison Program Student

The Saint Louis University Prison Program is a Jesuit inspired initiative that provides education to prison staff and people incarcerated in Missouri, promotes service, and conducts research on education and incarceration.

The SLU Prison Program is the only on-site program in the US serving two underserved populations: people incarcerated and employees. At the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (ERDCC) in Bonne Terre, MO, SLU offers a degree program and arts and education programming while investigating the connections between education and recidivism.

To support the SLU Prison Program, click here.

To contact Prison Program staff, please email 

God is in everyone's life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else-God is in this person's life. You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God. - Pope Francis, August 2013