Georgetown expands bachelor’s degree program to Maryland prison inmates – About Your Online Magazine


Soon, inmates in Maryland will have a chance to earn a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

Soon, inmates in Maryland will have a chance to earn a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

It is an expansion of Georgetown Prison Fellowship Program, which offers courses with and without credit to inmates in the D.C. Jail since 2018.

According to a press release, the new program will begin in the next academic year and will offer liberal arts courses to 25 individuals.

“A Georgetown diploma and the interdisciplinary course behind it will prepare our graduates to re-enter their communities and workforce with pride in their academic achievements,” said Georgetown Prison and Justice Initiative Director Marc Howard in an announcement.

Prisoners from across the Maryland prison system – who have at least a high school diploma or GED diploma – will be able to run for one of the seats.

Those chosen will be able to choose one of three specializations: cultural humanities, interdisciplinary social sciences or global intellectual history.

Courses are expected to take five years to complete. Classes will be taught by Georgetown teachers at the Patuxent Institution, which is a prison in Jessup.

The expansion is financed by a $ 1 million three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is supported by Georgetown alumnus Damien Dwin. More than 150 people participated in the D.C. Prison Fellowship Program, the statement said.

Information about the program, including an inmate’s testimony, can be found in his ad video.

Paula Fonseca