Our Mission Statement:
Education that approaches problems across profound social boundaries to create opportunities for people inside and outside of prison to collaborate in addressing crime, justice, and other areas of social concern.
The National Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program forges creative links between academia and prisons. Dr. Lori Pompa founded the program at Temple University in 1997 and has since facilitated its spread across the country. Inside/Out classes and programming build lines of communication and relationships among and between professors, correctional officers, university personnel, prison administrators and programming staff, college students and incarcerated persons. The relationships that develop have the potential to shift thinking, create new understandings of social issues, and inspire a positive change in the community inside and outside the prison walls. The UT Inside/Out program is part of this innovative national movement in prison education.