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NEW JERSEY - Prison Teaching Initiative

Andrew Nurkin
Senior Program Coordinator
Pace Center, Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544

Jill Knapp
Professor of Astrophysical Sciences
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544

Population Served: Incarcerated individuals from the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility and Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility

Program Description: Mark Krumholz started the program, now called Prison Teaching Initiative, partly because of his experiences as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught math and science courses at San Quentin State Prison in a long running program that offered about a dozen classes per semester. PTI has grown slowly since, and now offers 9-10 courses per semester which supplement other courses taught by paid instructors from Mercer County Community College. The College of New Jersey has recently joined the partnership.

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