We recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers, typically undergraduate and graduate students, to tutor in education programs in prisons and jails.

Since 2007, we have built connections between universities and local departments of corrections, helping to facilitate meaningful educational programming for incarcerated men and women.

We provide supplemental educational resources to corrections departments at no charge to their facilities. Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteers can work one-on-one with students that need extra assistance, allowing teachers to focus on moving the class forward.  

Our tutors provide individualized assistance and model helpful study habits.  When integrated into existing programs, this supplemental service can significantly improve learning outcomes.

We train our tutors through workshops on adult education, cultural humility, and tutoring skills among other topics. Training is designed to prepare volunteers to be effective tutors as well as to promote dialogue and reflection about the overall tutoring experience.  During trainings, our staff facilitates conversations about the challenges of volunteering in a correctional facility, individual privilege - especially in relation to access to education, and our tutors' work within the context of broader criminal justice and public education issues in the United States.

For more information on our program sites, please visit our program-specific pages.


The most incredible part of the program was how it brought me into a world so close to home and yet so foreign. Reflecting now on my last four years at Princeton, I am surprised at the few times I was able to genuinely engage with the deep social problems that exist in our surrounding community. However, through the Petey Greene Program, I learned a tremendous amount in a very short time about the nature of incarceration in New Jersey and about the challenges and opportunities for prison education and re-entry programs.
— Henry Barmeier, Princeton ’10 and a Rhodes Scholar