Inside-Out Timeline

1995 Inside-Out idea was born on a visit to the state prison in Dallas, PA
1997 First Inside-Out class in the Philadelphia jails (Fall semester)
2000 – 2001  Two other Temple professors began Inside-Out classes (GUS, Psych./W.S.)
2002   Inside-Out expanded to the state prison in Graterford, PA
2002 Weekly meetings of Graterford Think Tank began (group still meets weekly)
2002 – 2003 Soros Justice Senior Fellowship granted to replicate program
2003 – 2004 Necessary elements for National Replication of Inside-Out developed in collaboration with people on both sides of prison walls
2004 First Inside-Out Instructor Training Institute held in July with 20 participants
2004 – 2009 Fifteen Inside-Out Instructor Training Institutes held, with 202 participants from 35 states and abroad (Graterford Think Tank members co-facilitate parts of the training)
2007 National Steering Committee and National Research Committee created
2008 and on Steering and Research Committees each meet annually in Philadelphia
2008 Inside-Out Regional Centers developed throughout the country
2008 First Inside-Out regional conference held in Indiana
2009 Mini-documentary on Inside-Out developed by University of Oregon
2009 Day-long conference at Graterford Prison conducted during the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology
2009 Visit to the Graterford Think Tank by several high-ranking officials of the French Ministry of Justice to discuss the Inside-Out program
2009 – 2010 New initiatives under development: ‘Degrees of Freedom’ (new program concept to support continuing higher education for incarcerated Inside-Out students) and a national alumni group, to continue social change work begun in the Inside-Out classes



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