Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program

The Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program provides another opportunity to assist prison inmates by tutoring them or teaching. The program was founded in 2008 by Charlie Puttkamer ’58 and named in honor of the late Petey Greene who overcame drug addiction and a prison sentence for armed robbery to become one of Washington D.C.’s most prominent media personalities. The other two co-directors are Cornel West and Jim Ferrin ’58. The two prisons in the program are: (1) Albert C Wagner has 1,200 male prisoners 18-30 in low/medium/maximum security cells. About 95% are black, 35% illiterate, 25% somewhat literate. There is a full time coordinator who works inside the prison with Petey-Greene volunteers. The program also works with (2) Garden State Prison in Bordentown which has more education resources than Wagner and has less hard core prisoners. For more information this is the link to the website http://www.peteygreene.org or email Jim Farrin at jfarrin@nyct.net.