This year, the Petey Greene Program’s work has been featured in a number of major publications. This summer, the Wall Street Journal profiled our founder and board member Charlie Puttkammer. The article highlights Charlie’s relationship with our inspiration and namesake, Petey Greene, as well as Charlie’s belief in the power of peer-to-peer interactions and the need for high quality education programs within prisons. Our work also appeared in the Exeter Bulletin, which describes the career of Jim Farrin, our Executive Director, and his role in founding the Petey Greene Program.

Our staff have also received recognition and awards for their achievements with the Petey Greene Program and beyond. Walter Fortson, our Regional Field Manager for New Jersey, was honored by New York’s Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc. with the Vivian Denise Nixon Award for Leadership in Education. The award recognized Walter’s numerous contributions to improving educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, including his work with the Petey Greene Program, Rutgers University’s Mountainview Program, and the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP).

Joe Barrett, our Regional Field Manager for Massachusetts, who was also a four year tutor with the program at Princeton, was recently named a 2015 Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford, Joe plans to pursue a master degree in economic and social history and to study the historical forces that shape anti-poverty and criminal justice policies. He also hopes to develop a new Petey Greene Program in the UK.

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