Louisiana Prison Education Coalition
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.
The Louisiana Prison Education Coalition is a group of people that are committed to increasing the educational opportunities for the 45,000 people currently in prison in Louisiana and all those directly impacted by the prison system. Through our collective power, we work to thoughtfully develop and implement programming to ensure that individuals can achieve their educational goals from early literacy through higher education. In addition to providing education in prison, we also seek to educate the public about prison in order build support for prison education and understanding for the impact of this system on our communities.