Welcome to the Green Haven Prison Project
For nearly 40 years, Yale Law School students have been traveling to Green Haven Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Stormville, NY, to meet with the members of PACT (Program for a Calculated Transition). PACT is an inmate-run social, educational and philanthropic organization that sponsors educational programs inside the prison and supports community programs on the outside as a way to strengthen members’ ties to the communities they come from. PACT was born out of the Attica Prison Rebellion in New York, in response to demands for real programming and inmate self-determination. Yale Law students primarily participate in a biweekly reading group with the incarcerated men on topics of mutual interest. Other activities have included: participating in skits/role plays as part of the character development curriculum, facilitating college-level classes, and filming a documentary about the program.