The Newcomb Prison Project engages students in campaigns to reduce mass incarceration and to tackle the distinctive injustices women in prison face. It has created a program with the School of Professional Advancement to permit cohorts of women incarcerated at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women to pursue credit-bearing courses in Liberal Studies at Tulane University. Student volunteers perform research assistance and tutoring. Funds raised would support both incarcerated nontraditional students, and undergraduate students acting as volunteers.
“New Orleans has the highest incarceration rate in the world and prison education has been shown to significantly decrease recidivism,” said Annie Freitas, a doctoral student and head of the Newcomb Prison Project. “Given our location, I think we have a moral obligation to be a voice for social justice and education in the criminal justice system."
“About a million people are living with a criminal conviction in Louisiana, some went to prison, most did not, but all of them deserve access to education and the opportunity to live meaningful lives.”
Working to end recidivism in New Orleans requires both raising the currently incarcerated women up through education and sparking passion and commitment to creating change in the world for current undergraduates. Funding will provide an opportunity for both.