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Arts and Education Program Brings Hope to Prison

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” By all accounts, the Saint Louis University (SLU) Prison Education Program, which serves inmates and staff at three prisons in Illinois and Missouri, is changing the world of incarceration, one student at a time.

The program has three areas of focus: the Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree Program, which brings SLU classes and faculty to prison employees and incarcerated people; the College Preparatory Program, which prepares incarcerated people for future college experiences; and the Prison Arts & Education Program (PAEP), which offers workshops and speaker events focused on the humanities and the arts in prisons.

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