2018 Hip Hop and Spoken Word course at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. Image credit: Rosie Rios

UCLA Prison Education Program

Bryonn Bain, African American Studies, UCLA

Launched in 2016, the UCLA Prison Education Program at UCLA provides courses allowing faculty and students to learn alongside participants incarcerated at the California Institute for Women (CIW), Barry J. Nidorf (BJN) Juvenile Hall, Camp Scott for Girls, and Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP).

In the three years since it began, the program has not only offered courses, the UCLA Prison Education Program has provided writing workshops, a faculty lecture series, career/higher education workshops for incarcerated participants in collaboration with university students, faculty and community partners. Since the Fall of 2018, the UCLA Prison Education Program was successful in hosting girls incarcerated at Camp Joseph Scott at UCLA and at 4th Street Recording Studio in Santa Monica, the program developed a recording studio at BJN Juvenile Hall, and welcomed a formerly incarcerated student home by extending the opportunity for her to perform at the California African American Museum.

Professor Bain performing with Brandy at the California African American Museum.
Image credit: Rosie Rios