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Support the Newcomb Prison Project

Support the Newcomb Prison Project. Empower undergraduate students and make a difference in the lives of incarcerated women who are pursuing credit-bearing courses through Tulane.

Your gift:

  • Sends undergraduate students to prisons to serve as tutors for women who are pursuing course credit through Tulane as nontraditional students. Undergraduate students visit prisons on a weekly basis.
  • Brings guest lecturers to explore with students how women and girls are impacted by incarceration, can recognize their full potential, restore their lives and discover new possibilities. One of this year’s guest lecturers is Rachel Kushner, author of the Newcomb Alumni Association Book Club choice, The Mars Room, about women’s mass incarceration.
  • Cover book and material costs for incarcerated women who are pursuing Tulane credits.

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Description

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.

Why Give: A Moral Obligation

“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.”

Why are donations necessary?

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.