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The ASU Department of English’s Prison Education Programming (PEP—formerly Prison English) begins with a belief that education is a right that inheres within our humanity. It is not a right that stops at a prison’s gates. Education needs to traverse borders and boundaries, including prison boundaries.
More than 30 faculty members, graduate students and staff work with the Arizona Department of Corrections and new Mexico Corrections Department and an advisory committee to offer more than 30 weekly classes to inmates. The courses range from English and creative writing to biology, drama, art and philosophy, math, psychology, languages and public speaking.