Prison Graduation Initiative

Contact:  Taffany Lim, Senior Director for CESPG
Phone (323) 343-5421 | Email: [email protected]

Cal State LA is the only university in California to offer an in-person bachelor's degree completion program for incarcerated students.  

Students in California prison have thus far been able to earn associate's degrees, but could not progress further in their institutions.  Through Cal State LA, these students can now complete a bachelor's degree from a public university, through transferable course taught on site.

Prison Graduation Initiative students will earn a Communication Studies B.A. by taking two courses a semester (including summers).  Students who are released prior to completing their degree are automatically enrolled as a Cal State LA students should they wish to continue their education on our campus.

On-site Bachelor's Program

  • Instruction


From Incarceration to Graduation

Pursuing Bachelor

by Michelle McCarthy

Even though the United States represents about five percent of the global population, we account for nearly a quarter of the world's prisoners. In the United States, 2.3 million people are behind bars. California's rate of incarceration is 581 per 100,000 people.

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A College Education in Prison..

Prison BA Program

by Vanessa Rancano

One of the first things Charlie Praphatananda did when he got out of prison was...

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California College Program for inmates

Locked Up    

by Ron French

 At least once a week, faculty from California State University Los Angeles make the 90-mile trip across the San Gabriel Mountains to this Mojave Desert town. 

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Locked-Up Vietnamese California

Locked Up    

by Tin Nguyen and Bidhand Chandra Roy

The Vietnamese diaspora comprises a significant population among California'a immigrant communities. For some of these..... 

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Allen and Zion Story



We are so inspired to see how education is taking this family forward and allowing their dreams to come true. 

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