Higher Education in Prisons

When they succeed, we succeed


LIFTED, Leveraging Inspiring Futures Through Educational Degrees, is the first in-prison BA-degree completion program in the University of California system. Piloted at UCI, LIFTED enables incarcerated individuals to apply to transfer into UCI as juniors and earn a bachelor’s degree from UCI while serving their sentence. Building on recent admission successes, and support from the state legislature, the LIFTED program will soon be replicated at UC Campuses throughout the state. California’s Master Plan envisioned that “anyone from anywhere in California” could access a world-class education. LIFTED is realizing this dream, supporting eligible incarcerated students in matriculating to UCI.

Who we are


LIFTED staff and faculty sitting in front of classroom in prison.

LIFTED Faculty and Staff

Incarcerated students in classroom wearing masks

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Keramet Reiter and Secretary Kathleen Allison at MOU Signing

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Investing in higher education in prison reduces recidivism and increases career attainment post-incarceration.