“It’s hard to explain what this class has meant to me, and even harder to try to write it down. It’s been the most incredible class filled with educational and personal growth. I know I’ll never have another experience like it.”
-Hannah, Outside Student
"Inside-Out has meant a lot to me and I’ve taken a lot of great lessons/discussions to heart. It’s allowed me to have hope for change. In jail there’s not much to look forward to but I look forward to this every Monday."
-Colby, Inside Student
Photo: Inside-Out class, Clarke County Jail, Spring 2018
This "experiential learning" opportunity follows the pedagogy of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, an international educational model that "increases opportunities for men and women, inside and outside of prison, to have transformative learning experiences that emphasize collaboration and dialogue, inviting participants to take leadership in addressing crime, justice, and other issues of social concern."
Since spring 2017, 64 outside students and 40 inside students have completed the Inside-Out program through the UGA Sociology - Clarke County Sheriff's Office partnership. Inside-Out classes have been taught at over 140 colleges and universities nationwide and in several other countries since 1997. More than 35,000 students have taken Inside-Out courses hosted by over 150 correctional institutions, including county jails, state prisons, federal prisons, juvenile facilities, and community correctional facilities at all security levels.
Listen to this podcast interview with Lori Pompa, Inside-Out founder and professor at Temple University, and Paul, an "inside student" who had the original idea for this kind of a course.