BHEPP evolved from a program called the Brown Education Link Lecture Series, founded by undergraduate Jonathan Coleman in 2008. BHEPP faculty co-teach broadly themed college-level history classes to men incarcerated in the medium security facility of the RIDOC. BHEPP courses are seminar-style, issue-driven, and thematic in focus.
In the fall semesters of 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2022 a special BHEPP course created dialogue between Brown undergraduates taking Remensnyder’s History 150C (Locked Up: A Global History of Prison and Captivity) and incarcerated students taking a version of the same course with her. BHEPP courses do not carry college credit, but they provide incarcerated students with "earned time," that is, a certain number of days reduced from their sentences.
To date, BHEPP has taught more than 100 incarcerated men and has involved fourteen History faculty.