College in Prison Program

At Donnelly, we are proud to offer an on-site associate degree program to the inmates of Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas.

Program Achievements

Donnelly began offering classes at our Lansing Correctional Facility satellite campus in 2001.

Quick Facts:

  • 399 inmates who have taken courses since 2001
  • 34 Lansing students who have earned associate degrees

Why Is This Program Needed?


Earning a college degree is the single most effective tool to lower recidivism and to prevent individuals from returning to a life of crime after their release. In the United States, 70% of all inmates released will be arrested again within 5 years ( Prisoners who participate in any kind of education program results in a 43% reduction in overall recidivism ( With a college degree, recidivism drops to only 19% (US Sentencing Commission).

Saves Taxpayer Dollars 

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics the United States spends roughly $80 billion dollars per year to incarcerate roughly 2.3 million people -- many of which have returned to prison after being unable to find opportunity and employment after their release. With educated individuals exiting the prison system and experiencing a much lower recidivism rate, billions of dollars will be saved. 

Safe Communities 

With fewer individuals returning to a life of crime, we will produce a healthier and safer community for all. 

A Vision for the Future

Providing inmates with an education creates self-sufficiency and self-confidence as they start to realize a better path in life and gain the necessary skills to attain it.

Our Program in the Press

How We Provide This Opportunity

"I told myself when I got to prison, I would do better. I have now obtained an associate degree and am working on a bachelor's degree. I am grateful for the support from KDOC facilitators and the Donnelly instructors."

Andrew Claude, '22 graduate

"If it could be summed up in one word, [this program] gives us opportunity.... Having the opportunity to not lose those years — to be able to walk out and do something — the appreciation can't be said."

Carl Hughes, '10 graduate

"For me, college was a chance to prove that I would be able to pick myself back up after such a terrible mistake. Donnelly not only provided me with the opportunity to develop my academic potential, but also the opportunity to be a better person."

Perry Reed, '03 graduate

"Graduation was one of the greatest days of my life. My self-esteem has soared, and I truly believe I can accomplish any goal. Furthermore, my education has drawn me closer to my family and friends. My children look up to me now."

Michael Bess, '03 graduate

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