History

 
 

Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the world

with 1 in 86 adults in Louisiana incarcerated, including 1 in 14 black men. Currently, the 45,000 individuals incarcerated in Louisiana have very limited opportunities to access higher education.

Louisiana Prison Education Coalition (LPEC) seeks to meet this need by increasing access to current education programs and developing and implementing new higher education programs in each facility.

LPEC was founded in 2015 through a partnership between Voice of the Experienced (V.O.T.E.), Annie Freitas, Ph.D. student at Tulane University, and Rhiannon Dowling, Ph.D. student at U.C. Berkeley. Both Annie and Rhiannon have extensive experience in prison education and a desire to increase educational opportunities for people incarcerated in Louisiana.

LPEC serves as an organizing body to facilitate partnerships between prisons and universities in order to increase opportunities for education for everyone directly impacted by incarceration in Louisiana. In this capacity, we work closely with several organizations, as well as university representatives in order to encourage program development and implementation.