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 / 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.

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 Female Facility / West Virginia University

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

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SCI Graterford
Photo courtesy of Ryan S. Brandenburg

Inside-Out Graffiti
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.”
(Inside Participant)