Prison Math Project

“I have been locked up for 18 years and have never heard of anything remotely like this.”
“Many times I, myself, – and I believe I speak for all self-educated learners in prison – will proceed down a subject of interest not knowing where to begin or what comes next, or if we lack any necessary background education to even understand what we’re studying. Many of us just desire guidance in our studies… someone to point the way.”
Extract of a letter received by our organization

Prison Mathematics Project

The Prison Mathematics Project (aka the PMP) is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on connecting incarcerated individuals to mentors in the outside world. To provide them coaching on their math studies and help integrate them with the wider math community.

Our organization was first conceptualized in early 2012 when a prisoner named Christopher Havens began studying mathematics for the very first time during his time in solitary confinement. A mix of isolation and the transformative powers of mathematics caused Christopher to undergo a steady chain of personal growth while igniting within him a passion for mathematics.

The PMP is the manifestation of Christopher’s vision to share the benefits of math mentorship with other incarcerated people.



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About the PMP

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