Higher Education Behind and Beyond Bars: A Father and Son Story
Darryl Epps Jr. and Darryl Epps III, The Education Trust
In March 2000, Darryl Epps and his brother, Darnell, began serving a 17-year-to-life sentence. Unsure of the future, they were determined to make a positive contribution to their family despite being incarcerated.
Both men exhausted every academic and vocational resource available to them while behind bars. Eventually, they were accepted into college-in-prison programs by Hobart and William Smith College and, later, Cornell University. Their story underscores the benefits that access to higher education in prison can bring to those who are incarcerated and to family members on the outside.