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  • An interview with leader for change, Ginny Burton - The way I remember it: December 15th, 2010, a nuclear explosion on tennis shoes burst into our office. The night before, I had received the following email from a member of our Board of Directors: “I texted you last night Read more…
  • An Interview with University of Washington President, Ana Mari Cauce - “It is in all of our best interests for people to be able to rehabilitate. By the time we have someone who’s made it out of prison and into the UW, think about all they’ve got going for them and Read more…
  • An Interview with Jack Connelly - Attorney John R. (Jack) Connelly believes in fighting for the individual above all. In being a voice for the voiceless. He’s consistently been named one of the top lawyers in Washington State, where he’s practiced for 28 years, always for Read more…
  • Why releasing prisoners with no support is a bad plan - “To think I’d have Post-Prison Education Program helping me on the street, it changed my situation and it made it more palatable. I’ve never had anybody help me on the outside before, because of my choices and how I acted. Read more…
  • Response to Misleading Tacoma News Tribune Article - Two days ago, The News Tribune published a James Drew article in regard to a Washington State Supreme Court Hearing in which Columbia Legal Services asked for a Writ of Mandamus for the release of Washington State prisoners exposed to Coronavirus [COVID-19]. Read more…
  • Our Mission Continues - “’What if we had a system in place that was ready to support people once they were released and had a plan to respond?’ The coronavirus outbreak, for all the damage it’s caused, is a chance to step back and Read more…
  • Q&A with the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women - By Hannah Myrick “It’s like once you get arrested your experiences of abuse and your history of being battered completely disappears.” Cindene Pezzell, Legal Coordinator for NCDBW As an organization, the Post-Prison Education Program has often worked with The National Read more…
  • September 27th Newsletter - Hear more from Pete about what you will learn from the “Biggest Lie Ever Told” on October 9th Post-Prison Education Program asked Pete Earley for six take-away points you will gain from the October 9th Town Hall. Here are a few Read more…
  • September 1st Newsletter - This is why you need to be at Town Hall October 9th How did we get to this point? What compelled us to reach out to Pete Earley asking him to fly in from Washington, D.C. to Key Note a Town Read more…
  • Pete Earley, Mental Health and the Prison System - Pete Earley is a former Washington Post journalist and bestselling author. His book, “Crazy,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist, tells the story of Earley’s son, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and arrested during a manic episode. Earley put his investigative Read more…
  • The Biggest Lie Ever Told – A Town Hall Meeting - Pete Earley, former Washington Post reporter, mental health advocate and bestselling author of “Crazy” and “The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison” will be joining Ari Kohn, founder and president of the Post-Prison Education Program and will educate and encourage Read more…
  • Ari Kohn, Facebook Algorithms and Funding for Former Inmates - Ari Kohn runs the Post-Prison Education Program, which provides scholarships to former inmates and community mentorship while they earn degrees. Their graduates have a recidivism rate of only 7.8%, compared to the Department of Correction’s average of 33.5%. Recently, Facebook Read more…
  • Post Prison Education Program - Mission Statement:  The Post-Prison Education Program offers hope and creates opportunity for people returning to society by providing access to higher education. Imprisoned and formerly imprisoned people are offered the tools and human support they need to find gainful, meaningful Read more…