Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type

Chapman access only poster or presentation

Publication Date

Fall 11-30-2022

Faculty Advisor(s)

Jan Osborn, Gregory Barraza


The history of post-secondary carceral education reform in the United States, like criminal justice reform at large, has been non-linear. Beginning in 1965 and up to the early nineties, great strides were made in expanding prison education programs until it was almost completely reversed during the tough-on-crime era. Since 2007, legislation has been introduced to improve the quality and accessibility of education for those currently and formerly incarcerated. A panoramic view of the history of carceral education allows for a deeper understanding of its achievements and, more importantly, its shortcomings—and how to improve upon them as we continue to develop the prison-to-university pipeline. This research uses descriptive and critical analyses to assess gaps in carceral education and how Underground Panthers serves to fill them upon release.


Presented at the Fall 2022 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.

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