Network Committee

Mission Statement of The Inside-Out Center Network Committee

Committee Members

Frank Campanell (Inside-Out Center)
Norm Conti (Duquesne University)
Keisha Green (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Lana Harrison (University of Delaware)
Jeri Kirby (Fairmont State University)
Susan Krumholz (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)
Amy Spring (Portland State University)

Norman ContiNorman Conti is a founding member of the Elsinore Bennu Think Tank and an associate professor at Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit. He has published ethnographies of recruitment, socialization, ethics training and masculinity in policing as well as multiple analyses of the social networks that develop within recruit cohorts. He has also co-authored an article on destigmatization and book chapters on social crime prevention, sustained dialogue, hate crime as well as stigma and moral career. Since 2007, he has taught Inside-Out courses at SCI Cresson, SCI Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Jail.

Inside-Out logo placeholderLana D. Harrison is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and a faculty associate with the Center for Drug and Health Studies. Dr. Harrison is a sociologist, an epidemiologist, and a statistician who has conducted national and international research on the drugs-violence nexus and treatment. She is keenly interested in policy on drugs and crime and their intersection. In Delaware, Dr. Harrison has been actively working in New Castle County prisons and inner city communities. Prior to joining UD, Harrison worked as a scientist at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), and the National Institute of Justice (U.S. Justice Department). Her research interests focus on the drug-crime nexus, drug epidemiology, treatment efficacy, and international drug policy. She has authored or coauthored over 70 publications in these areas.

Susan KrumholzSusan T. Krumholz received her J.D. from Seattle University and her Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University. She is currently Professor in the Department of Crime and Justice Studies and President of the UMass Dartmouth Faculty Federation. Susan’s research/publication interests include intimate violence, alternatives to the criminal/legal system, and women as students and practitioners of the law. She is presently co-editing a series of textbooks in Crime, Law and Justice Studies, “Learning Through Cases" and is the co-author of what will be the third book in the series, tentatively titled "Gender and the Criminal/Legal System." Prof. Krumholz is most passionate about the classes she teaches at the Bristol County House of Corrections as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. These classes bring together students at UMD with incarcerated students for semester-long study. For this work she received the 2008 UMass President’s Public Service Award.

Amy SpringAmy Spring works with Portland State University students, faculty, staff, and community partners to facilitate and support the growth of community partnerships. Amy is responsible for supporting the university’s Partnership Council, the development and support of strategic partnerships with Portland Public Schools, Intel, and PGE, and providing leadership for the campus community engagement agenda. Ms Spring has spent a significant part of her career development expertise in facilitating faculty and student development workshops focused on community engagement and coordinating recruitment of students and faculty to participate applied community-based teaching. She has worked on several curriculum development efforts developed and managed the Student Leaders for Service Program for 10 years. Her scholarly work includes several publications focused on assessment of community partnerships and student learning, and served as the co-editor of a special issue of Metropolitan Universities, a journal of the Coalition for Urban and Metropolitan Universities. She teaches an applied course focused on civic engagement and community leadership. This is a course that brings Portland State students into a prison to take a class with students who are serving out their prison sentence. She is the mother of two children, ages 17 and 19 and the proud owner of a labradoodle and a schoodle.

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“I learned more this week about learning than I ever have in formal education. I learned in a very powerful way the importance of process. Too often we get caught up in outcomes (which are important), but spend little time reflecting on how we learn. I am absolutely blown away by what I now consider the best learning experience of my life. The intellectual, emotional, physical fire I experienced this week was real. I can only work from this point at making my Inside-Out classes as powerful.”
(Inside-Out Instructor, reflecting on the week-long training)