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The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

“That wall isn’t there just to keep me in, but to keep you out.”

- Tyrone Werts (former inside participant)

Education through which we are able to encounter each other, especially across profound social barriers, is transformative and allows problems to be approached in new and different ways.

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program 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.

In the latest installment of Temple University's Faculty Focus series, Lori Pompa – founder and director of The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and criminal justice instructor in the College of Liberal Arts – discusses the growth of that educational program and the impact it has had since its inception in 1997.


The 2017 Inside-Out Instructor Training Institutes Dates

Click here for online registration
for the January 2017 Training Institute.

January 9 to 15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (closed)
May 21 – 27 in Detroit, Michigan
June 5 – 11 in Hazleton, West Virginia
June 26 to July 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 17 – 23 in Vancouver, British Columbia
August 7 to 13 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“It’s so important that people can talk to and understand each other. What Inside-Out is doing is letting people see each other, and really talk. That’s the value of education. Bringing young people into prisons for classes means that they really meet each other. They hear each other’s stories and see each other as real people. That’s so important in creating justice in this world."

- Sister Helen Prejean
Author of Dead Man Walking

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Inside-Out Mini Documentaries

From Oregon
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From Michigan
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“If you don’t already know about the Inside-Out program, check it out and get involved! It’s so important that we end the separation between ‘us’ and ‘them’ – those labeled ‘prisoners,’ ‘criminals,’ ‘felons.’ It is this separation and demonization of the ‘others’ – and our failure to truly see, hear, and engage with those who have been locked up and locked out – that makes it easy for us to remain in deep denial about what we, as a nation, have done. Inside-Out challenges that denial in a powerful way.”

– Michelle Alexander
Author of The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness