The aim of the Prison Project is to advance social justice through progressive, humane, and empirically based solutions to crime. We unify distinct research pursuits across disciplines, promote and disseminate student research, provide experiential learning opportunities, and expose students and scholars to live punishment practices. 

The Prison Project is predicated on the idea that reforming punishment practices in the U.S. requires a communion of activists, scholars, students, and teachers. We believe in an approach that not only fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, but also collaboration across justice agencies and across universities.

We seek to generate informed, compassionate, and skilled graduates who will be poised to effectively and efficiently lead criminal justice reform in America. We believe that solving the crises of today must involve exposure to actors working in the justice system, actors impacted directly or indirectly by the justice system, and academic scholars from pertinent disciplines.