There are now nearly two dozen Inside-Out think tanks meeting regularly around the world.
Think Tanks are groups of Inside-Out alumni (both incarcerated and non-incarcerated) and/or trained faculty who meet regularly on a volunteer basis at a correctional facility. The groups form organically, based on local interests and initiatives, and are a testament to the civic engagement, human connection, and sense of agency that Inside-Out courses inspire.
Think Tanks operate with the Inside-Out model, which facilitates learning via community building across social difference. Think Tanks develop their own projects, which may include leadership development, re-entry programs, training Inside-Out faculty, or community workshops on topics such as restorative justice, conflict resolution, and racial inequality.
To contact any of the Think Tanks, please send an email to Tyrone Werts, the Inside-Out Think Tank Coordinator.
Massachusetts Elm Street Think Tanks
Franklin County House of Correction in Greenfield, MA / Greenfield Community College
– There are separate think tanks for the medium and minimum security facilities.
Photo courtesy of Ryan S. Brandenburg Graffiti art by Fox, a former Inside-Out student and member of the Think Tank at SCI-Graterford.
“Inside-Out is a way to uncage the mind. ...A process where ideas can be discussed freely is very rare for those imprisoned; therefore, Inside-Out has a liberating effect. I’ve witnessed the positive change in the thinking of many men as a direct result of their having experienced the Inside-Out course. And as people are freed of stereotypes for a richer understanding of the issues, we as a society benefit in countless ways. Often, through Inside-Out, we take a more holistic approach and connect the dots that the media purposefully ignores. A more informed public makes better decisions which creates a healthier society.”