WASHINGTON (WDVM) – Georgetown University is now offering a bachelor’s degree program for people in the Maryland prison system, and applications are being accepted until October 29.
The program spans the university’s prison studies program, which is part of the Prisons and Justice initiative. To be considered for the program, the incarcerated person needs a high school diploma or high school diploma and must be at least 18 years of age.
The Prison Scholar program has been in DC Prison since 2018. This program offers inmates the opportunity to earn credits for college courses.
Joshua Miller, education director for the Prisons and Justice Initiative, said, “We’re trying to have a bigger impact, and we end up doing it by really changing the mindset of the prison. It really changes someone’s state of mind. This helps them understand for the first time that they are ready for college education. This often puts them on a different path.
The program’s extension to the Maryland prison system will give inmates the opportunity to obtain a license within five years.
There are currently 17,000 prisoners in the state of Maryland, and Miller said the university expects hundreds or thousands of requests to be returned. Only 25 will be accepted as an inaugural class.
Miller explained, “We are looking for 25 curious and conscientious people, who were great readers during their incarceration, who are happy to learn more.”
The program will take place 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 all over 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 must be submitted on October 29.
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