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Prison to College Pipeline, The

The Prison to College Pipeline, established by Dr. Patrick Alexander and Dr. Otis Pickett, gives inmates the opportunity to enroll in college level classes to prepare for a life outside of prison.

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Pickett grew up on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, an idyllic coastal community in the shadow of Ft. Sumter, where the Civil War began. When Pickett’s family home was swept away by Hurricane Hugo, he lived for a time with his grandfather, a caring community physician who received the Palmetto Award, South Carolina’s highest recognition for civilian service to others. Years later, Pickett’s fascination with history, his grandfather’s model of compassion, and a chance meeting at a faculty orientation led him to an unexpected ministry, an unlikely group of students, and a summer spent at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman Farm...

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Credit to: Mississippi College Beacon

http://www.mc.edu/beacon/spring-2015/features/teaching-behind-bars

On a recent steamy June afternoon near Pearl, Mississippi, twenty-two women engaged in an animated discussion around Theda Perdue’s book Cherokee Women, an examination of the roles and responsibilities of Cherokee women during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It was clear they had each read the text carefully before coming to class, and their analysis of Perdue’s study of the complexity of Native gender relations was as scholarly as one might find in any university classroom. But this was not a university classroom; the women are all inmates at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and the course is part of the Prison-to-College Pipeline Program administered by two professors, with financial support from the Mississippi Humanities Council...

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Credit to: MIssissippi Humanities Council

http://libarts.olemiss.edu/mhc-news-prison-to-college-pipeline-program-takes-the-humanities-behind-bars/

Rethinking prison involves rethinking how those behind bars spend their time, say leaders of the University of Mississippi's Prison-to-College Pipeline.

"It's really a way of transforming Mississippi and a way of transforming us nationally," said Patrick Alexander, who started the program with Otis Pickett...

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Credit to: Jerry Mitchell, The Clarion Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2014/10/25/profs-making-investments-future/17938855/

Several men imprisoned at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman are on their way to earning degrees, thanks to a new University of Mississippi-based program designed to assist them in obtaining a college education...

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Credit to: Edwin Smith, University of Mississippi

http://news.olemiss.edu/um-program-transforms-incarcerated-men-college-students/

Seventeen inmates at the Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) graduated today from an innovative partnership with the University of Mississippi.

The University of Mississippi Prison-to-College Pipeline Program helps students imprisoned at MSP who have attained a GED or possess a high school diploma to smoothly transition to college coursework. In accordance with the University of Mississippi’s core value of devoting knowledge and abilities to serve our state and world, faculty and former faculty from the University serve as the program’s primary instructors...

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Credit to: Winston News Online

http://winstonnewsonline.com/2014/08/seventeen-inmates-at-mississippi-state-penitentiary-graduate-from-prison-to-college-pipeline-program/

The Prison to College Pipeline Program allows inmates to enroll in college classes for credit. Dr. Patrick Alexander and Dr. Otis Pickett realized that while many academics talk about the marginalization of the incarcerated population, little was being done in academia to correct this injustice. Thus, the program was born. This program actively invests in this sector of the population by instilling confidence in its students and enabling them to take control of their futures.

Credit to: Nolie Ramsey


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