WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Georgetown University now offers a bachelor’s degree program for people in the Maryland prison system, and applications are being accepted through Oct. 29.
The program extends to the university’s Prison Scholar program, which is part of the Prisons and Justice initiative. To be considered for the program, the incarcerated person must have a high school diploma or GED and must be at least 18 years old.
The Prison Scholar’s program has been at the DC prison since 2018. This program offers inmates the opportunity to earn credit for college courses.
Joshua Miller, director of education for the Prisons and Justice Initiative, said: “We try to have a bigger impact, and we end up doing that by really changing the mindset in prison. It really changes someone’s mindset. It helps them understand for the first time that they are ready for a college education. This often puts them on a different path.
The expansion of the program in the Maryland prison system will give inmates the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in five years.
There are currently 17,000 prisoners in the state of Maryland, and Miller said the university expects hundreds or thousands of applications to be returned. Only 25 will be accepted as the inaugural class.
Miller explained, “We’re looking for 25 curious, conscientious individuals, who have been avid readers while incarcerated, who are excited to expand their knowledge.”
The program will be run at the Patuxent Institution.
Miller said: “It has a therapeutic purpose. Although it has a maximum security rating, it allows us to attract students from across the state regardless of their security classification, and that was really important to us when we identified the institution. Anyone selected who is currently in another prison will be transferred.
Applications are due October 29.
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