Research shows that desistance, or the process by which people learn to be law-abiding citizens, is supported by three main factors: social bonds, educational attainment, and employment.

The Florida Prison Education Project draws upon the unique strengths and assets of UCF to offer impactful programs in mixed modalities that focus on building social relationships, matriculating students, and preparing them for employment in the 21st-century global economy.

Schedule of Classes

Spring 2018, Central Florida Reception Center

Keri Watson led a series of discussions on Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007) to a class of 16 men as part of the NEA Big Read.

Melissa Ringfield and Laura Monror led a series of discussions on Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007) to a class of 16 men as part of the NEA Big Read.


Summer 2018, Central Florida Reception Center

Melissa Ringfield led a series of discussions and facilitated a mock trial inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo (1845) to 9 men


Fall 2018, Central Florida Reception Center

Terry Ann Thaxton and Laurie Uttich will be offering Creative Writing to a class of 12 men

Annabelle Conroy will be teaching American National Government to a class of 15 men