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Saint Louis University Prison Education Program

The Prison Education Program at Saint Louis University is a Jesuit-inspired initiative that provides access to high-quality liberal arts education for people who are incarcerated and prison staff.


The program has three primary projects at facilities in the greater St. Louis region:

  • The Associate of Arts degree program allows prison employees and incarcerated people to take SLU classes, taught by SLU faculty, on prison grounds.
  • The College Preparatory Program prepares incarcerated people for future college experiences.
  • The Prison Arts and Education Program provides intellectually stimulating humanities-based experiences that foster human connection, an appreciation for the arts, and resources for personal growth.

Higher education in prison is transformative. The SLU Prison Education Program is changing the lives of incarcerated people, prison staff, their families and the community.

By the Numbers


Recidivism rate. Students in the Prison Program do not return to prison after release.


People are reached each year by the Prison Program.


Participants in the Prison Program since 2008.


Annual encounters between the SLU community and those incarcerated/working in prisons.