University Beyond Bars
(Washington State)

The mission of University Beyond Bars (UBB) is to transform Washington’s state prisons into communities of learning by providing post-secondary education to the incarcerated, and to begin shifting the role of prison as a mechanism for mass imprisonment and punishment to a venue for rehabilitation, transformation, and opportunity. Since 2005, UBB has been an all volunteer effort providing liberal arts education to prisoners at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, with college level courses ranging from calculus to sociology of deviance. Riverstyx Foundation has partnered with UBB to help expand and sustain their efforts, while helping to educate the public around the great need and social value of such programs. UBB is in need of additional funding to help expand to the woman’s prison in Purdy.