Prison Teaching Initiative

Class of 1994 chooses the PTI program as their public service project.


The Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) has a three-part mission:

  1. to provide the highest quality postsecondary education to incarcerated students in New Jersey;
  2. to offer Princeton University graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff innovative, evidence-based pedagogy and intensive classroom experience; and
  3. to foster robust campus dialogue on mass incarceration and its relationship to systemic inequalities in access to education.

PTI offers 15-20 courses per semester in up to seven New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) institutions and an additional 8-10 courses per semester at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) at Ft. Dix. PTI courses are taught by approximately 150 active volunteers, including Princeton University graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, community members, and staff, who utilize an innovative team-teaching model. PTI offers a range of coursework in humanities, physical sciences, social sciences, and mathematics, and reaches approximately 250 incarcerated students per year.

In DOC facilities, PTI partners with Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and Rutgers School of Criminal Justice to offer coursework towards an AA in Liberal Arts and a BA in Justice Studies, respectively, under the umbrella of the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) Consortium. At FCI Ft. Dix, PTI partners with Mercer County Community College (MCCC) to offer coursework toward an AA in Liberal Arts.

For more information, visit the Prison Teaching Initiative.