Incarcerated Individuals, on average, are less educated than the general population. Many lack basic literacy, a high school diploma or equivalent, and the occupational skills necessary to secure a job. Moreover, having a felony conviction can be a significant barrier to finding employment after prison. One proven strategy for enhancing successful reentry is to provide education to inmates while incarcerated so they have the knowledge, training, and skills to support a successful return to their communities. The Programming Division provides these opportunities, providing literacy assessments and interventions, adult education, higher education, and an array of technical college education.
The Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) seeks to establish partnerships with eligible education institutions willing to create and maintain Prison Education Programs (PEP) at designated UDC facilities. Per 34 CFR § 668.236, following the official application and approval process, these PEPs would have access to Federal Pell funding for all eligible incarcerated students. We invite any education institution interested in creating a PEP and providing education services within a UDC facility or partnering county jail in Utah to submit a PEP application or reach out with additional questions.
UDC is specifically interested in expanding education services to provide additional technical certificates within partnering county jails and associate’s and bachelor’s degree options at the Salt Lake and Gunnison facilities and county partners. You can find the Prison Education Program Application here.