One of the goals of this project is to curate existing and emerging information that is of direct relevance to the development of a Higher Education in Prison Research Infrastructure (HEP RI).

As the project progresses, we will add additional information to this page, including webinars, materials and instructions for disseminating hard copies of the working paper to incarcerated individuals, and resources developed by the broader HEP community.

March 2022

What Do Funders Need to Hear from the HEP Research Community?

On March 23, 2022, Ithaka S+R convened convened a group of higher education in prison (HEP) researchers to provide guidance on what funders need to hear from the HEP research community. This resource includes their top priorities for funding for student-centered and ethical HEP research.

August 2021

Advancing Higher Education in Prison Research

In our first webinar, we discuss how Ithaka S+R is conceptualizing a research infrastructure to support the higher education in prison (HEP) field. We explain why such an infrastructure is important and how our organization is collaborating with the HEP community to contribute to this goal. Prominent HEP researchers Erin Corbett and Sarah Tahamont reflect on how their current work would interact with a coordinated research infrastructure and how such an infrastructure could support the field. Joining the conversation, researchers and other stakeholders weigh-in on topics like ethical research practice, navigating IRBs, and publishing in the HEP space.

Learn more: read and interact with “Facilitating a Higher Education in Prison Research Infrastructure,” the discussion paper guiding our work.

Research Brief
December 2021

Higher Education in Prison: A Retrospective

In this research brief, Emily Norweg, a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University who has served as a research fellow for this project, looks to the past to make the case for increased collaboration between higher education in prison researchers.

The little-known history of college-in-prison in the United States illustrates that the viability of such programming need not be at the mercy of prevailing political winds. The origins and growth of HEP underscore the power that determined individuals and institutions can harness when they collaborate.