College in Prison


OR runs a College in Prison Program at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in partnership with Tulane. Students at LCIW are taking college courses offered through Tulane's School of Professional Advancement.


The College in Prison Program was established in 2018 and is about to begin its fourth semester. In Spring 2018, Operation Restoration (OR) successfully completed a pilot College in Prison class at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) in Baker, Louisiana. Students selected for the program had ten or more years to serve on their sentence. Most current students are serving life in prison. Annie Freitas, a co-founder of Operation Restoration, spearheaded this project, working with Tulane University to facilitate admissions and enrollment and secure tuition waivers to offer courses free of charge.

Having completed their first Tulane course (Reading Law/Writing Feminisms) in Spring 2018, the same cohort of students completed Introduction to Biological Anthropology in Fall 2018. A weekly study hall component was added to the program during this same semester to offer students additional instructional support.  Starting in Spring 2019, the program began offering two courses each semester. Expository Writing and Louisiana and Southern Art History were the first courses offered together. In Summer 2019, the program will accept another cohort of students and offer college preparatory math and writing courses for both current and future students. In Fall 2019, incoming students will take English 1010 and existing students will take Business Statistics and The US 1865 to Present.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the College in Prison Program, please contact Stephanie Gaskill at

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Mailing Address:

Operation Restoration

2321 Thalia Street

New Orleans, LA 70113