Elm Street Think Tanks

Franklin County House of Correction in Greenfield, MA / Greenfield Community College

Co-Coordinators: Andrew Stachiw, Joan O'Beirne, and Revan Schendler

The Elm Street Think Tank was launched in the medium-security section of the jail in Greenfield, MA, in December 2013. Two years later, we started a second think tank in minimum security/pre-release. Our mission is to “promote alternatives to incarceration by raising awareness and connecting people, ideas, and resources.” As of December 2016 we have produced three annual art exhibits with paintings, photography, and writing by people held at the jail, award-winning articles about the experience of incarceration, and more. In minimum security we also go on local outings and hikes. Co-facilitated by three Inside-Out-trained educators, Revan Schendler, Joan O’Beirne and Andrew Stachiw, each group meets weekly.

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“The Inside-Out program made me realize how people can come together to answer tough issues. Our society can solve problems if we could only have a dialogue. Also, that our society has some young capable students to move this country in the right direction.”
(Inside Participant)

image by Think Tank member Keith Giroux