The Florida Prison Education Project provides educational opportunities to incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated people in Florida, researches the societal benefits of prison education and integrates the study of justice into the University of Central Florida curriculum by:
- Offering college-level courses to those who are incarcerated and providing those who have been released from prison the opportunity to continue their education.
- Developing curricular support and engaging UCF faculty and students in prison education and related areas of civic engagement.
- Supporting research on prison education, recidivism, and mass incarceration.
- Making public policy recommendations based on research.
An estimated 65% of all jobs require postsecondary education, but many people in Florida have limited access to higher education, despite the fact that statistical evidence overwhelmingly confirms that a college education increases employment opportunities and strengthens communities.
Since its founding in 2017, the Florida Prison Education Project has offered 50 classes to 750 incarcerated students at 6 different facilities and donated over 30,000 books to libraries in Florida prisons. FPEP also offers an annual $1,000 scholarship to a non-incarcerated UCF student who is formerly incarcerated or system impacted.