In 1991, there were 772 college-in-prison programs nationally in 1,287 correctional facilities. In 1994, the Violent Crime Control & Law Enforcement Act banned all prisoners from receiving Federal financial aid in the form of Pell grants. As a consequence, by 1997 the number of college-in-prison programs had dropped to 8. In 2018, UBB offered 54 courses, awarded 920 quarter credits, and logged over 5000 volunteer hours.
In just the last two years, 27 student graduated with an associate’s degree and 2 students earned their bachelors.
Years Serving Incarcerated Students
UBB grew out of the Black Prisoners Caucus and became a non-profit in 2005. We have been providing educational opportunities at the men’s prison in Monroe ever since.
Thousand of volunteer hours
UBB has over 80 committed volunteers who donate thousands of hours of their time a year. In 2018 alone, volunteers gave over 5400 hours .