This fall, 54 Princeton students are spending time in prisons – not as inmates, but as tutors and teachers. They’re working with the Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program, founded by Jim Farrin ’58 and Charles Puttkammer ’58 in 2008, which organizes Princeton students to help inmates learn basic academic skills.
When Farrin first proposed the idea to the Pace Center for Civic Engagement in late 2007, he was cautioned against being too optimistic about student participation. Princeton students are busy, he was told, so don’t be disappointed if no one responds. But mere hours after the program was first advertised in the Pace Center newsletter, Farrin’s phone rang with encouraging news: Several students had responded almost immediately. And when he held his first meeting with the students who had signed up, he was pleasantly surprised to see that the room he had booked at the Frist Campus Center was almost full.