Individuals incarcerated in South Carolina Department of Corrections facilities will soon be able to receive bachelor’s degrees at no cost through a historic partnership with historically Black Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Claflin University will offer bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, psychology, and organizational management through its Center for Professional and Continuing Studies. Students also will be able to obtain minor and certificate credentials. Claflin plans to launch the program in early 2021 and the South Carolina Department of Corrections has already started the application process.
“Claflin’s Pathway from Prison Program, Second Chance Pell Grant, and our Center for Social Justice all reflect Claflin’s deep and abiding commitment to expanding access to exceptional educational opportunities that can change the trajectory of people’s lives,” said Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, president of Claflin University. “A quality education is the gateway to empowerment and plays a critical role in the successful reentry of formerly incarcerated people into their respective communities.”
Belinda Wheeler is the director of Claflin Pathways from Prison Program and the Center for Social Justice. She is also an associate professor of English at the university.