Developed by Auburn University, the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP) is committed to providing educational access and opportunities to prisoners in Alabama’s prisons. By helping prisoners reconnect with learning aspirations, the program believes it can help prisoners embrace education and transform their lives positively for the rest of their lives. The program delivers “educational experiences in the arts, humanities, hard sciences, and human sciences.” These courses have the potential to profoundly help prisoners redirect their perspectives about their pasts as well as their future lives.
Coursework and ‘An Air of Purpose’
The program’s website reports that one prison warden could easily tell which inmates were involved with the program by their “air of purpose.” This in itself is one of the program’s great benefits. APAEP delivers a wide array of courses that provide intellectual stimulation and, of course, provide the inmates with an Auburn University transcript of completed coursework. Although the program is not designed as a degree-track initiative, the participating prisoners are delighted to have college-level coursework under their belts. Having this college experience behind them is often the catalyst they need to continue their education post-prison.