Dr. Sarah Brayne and the New Texas Prison Education Initiative
Through the new Texas Prison Education Initiative, The University of Texas at Austin faculty and graduate students volunteer their time to teach inmates who can earn transferable college credits. Research shows that college prison programs can help reduce recidivism, improve wellbeing, and more.
The initiative was co-founded by CHASP Faculty Fellow and College of Liberal Arts professor, Dr. Sarah Brayne, who specializes in the study of how big data is used within the criminal justice system. Brayne is also spearheading a fundraiser via UT's Hornraiser platform to help the volunteer-based program support more incarcerated students.
Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, Brayne was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University