Lindsay Pilots GSU’s Prison Education Project
Along with a GSU colleagues, Professor Peter Lindsay piloted a project that allows inmates to receive college degree. The program fulfills a dire need after decades of having Georgia prisons mostly offering vocational courses.
The Georgia State University Prison Education Project (GSUPEP) began in 2016 through a partnership with Common Good Atlanta at Phillips State Prison in Buford, Ga. A Perimeter College faculty member taught an English Composition I class to a cohort of 15 students serving time within the prison. The students were granted admission to the college and were expected to meet the same course objectives as in other Perimeter College classes. Students who successfully completed the course earned Perimeter College credit. Since then the project expanded to more prisons - including one of Georgia’s highest security correctional facilities, Hancock State Prison – and was awarded a $210,000 grant by the Laughing Gull Foundation.