Lancaster Prison Program

In 2016, the Department of Communication Studies at Cal State Los Angeles became the first
department in California to hold classes inside a maximum-security prison facility, offering
incarcerated inmates the opportunity to achieve a bachelor's degree in Communication. Cal State
LA is one of 67 post-secondary institutions to participate in the Second Chance Pell Program,
and the only one that offers a Communication BA. Classes are held at the California State Prison
in Lancaster CA, with the first cohort consisting of 22 students.