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Think Tanks

There are now more than 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 faculty who meet regularly on a voluntary 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 through the building of community across social difference. Think Tanks create 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.

This list includes think tanks that have existed and/or still exist within the Inside-Out network.

To contact any of the Think Tanks, please send an email to Lori Pompa (


Australia Women's Think Tank
Dame Phillis Frost Center / RMIT University – Melbourne

Australia Men's Think Tank
Marngoneet Correctional Centre / RMIT University – Melbourne


Mexico Think Tank
Reclusorio Metropolitano / Guadalajara, Jalisco

United Kingdom

Low Newton Tanket
HM Prison – Low Newton / Durham University

Frankland Think Tank
HM Prison – Frankland / Durham University


Restorative Justice for Alabama
Limestone Correctional Facility / University of North Alabama


Arizona Transformation Project Think Tank
Arizona State Prison Complex – Florence / Arizona State University


California Think Tank
California Rehabilitation Center – Norco / Pitzer College


Big Bang Theory Group
Floyd County Prison in Rome, GA / Berry College


Inside-Out Visionaries / Project X / My Life Matters Project / Restoration Collaboration Project
Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, IL / DePaul University

Law and Politics Think Tank
Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, IL / DePaul University


New Leaf New Life Think Tank / Monroe County Jail Think Tank / Advancing Education Think Tank
Monroe County Jail in Bloomington, IN / Indiana University – Bloomington


Renaissance Think Tank
Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex / Nicholls State University


Maryland Positive Change Think Tank
Jessup Correctional Institution / Towson University


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)


Michigan Theory Group
Macomb Correctional Facility in Macomb, MI / University of Michigan


People for Change Think Tank
Toledo Correctional Facility / University of Toledo

The Pantheon of Critical Criminologist Think Tank (T-POCC)
Southeastern Correctional Complex-Lancaster / Ohio State University


A.C.E. (Another Chance at Education) Think Tank
Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, OR / University of Oregon


New Destiny Think Tank
State Correctional Institution at Albion / Gannon University – Mercyhurst University

Phoenix Think Tank (formerly Graterford Think Tank)
The State Correctional Institution at Collegeville, PA / Temple University


S.A.L.T. (Schools for Alternative Learning and Transformation) Think Tank
Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, TN / American Baptist College

West Virginia

United Circle 4 H.O.P.E. Think Tank
United States Penitentiary at Hazelton / West Virginia University

We Are Voices United Think Tank
Federal Correctional Institution at Hazelton – Secure Women’s Facility / West Virginia University

Hazelton Men's Think Tank
Federal Correctional Institution at Hazelton – Secure Men's Facility / West Virginia University

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“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.”

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