Lori Pompa’s Inside-Out program allows incarcerated students and Temple students to learn alongside each other.
Lori Pompa easily finds the words to explain what students in Temple’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program gain by attending class inside prison, alongside prisoners, for an entire semester.
“Once you have found human beings where you were told there were only monsters, you can never be the same again,” said Pompa, founder of Inside-Out, which brings “outside” Temple students together with imprisoned “inside” students in a criminal justice course.
“There is really very little distinction between us. The outside students see that immediately. We sit in a circle the entire semester. The two groups become one immediately. It is amazing.” [more]
Photo by Robert Eskind, Philadelphia Prison System
Temple’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program brings “outside” Temple students together with imprisoned “inside” students in a criminal justice course. Using the Temple program as a model, up to 20 Inside-Out classes will be launched in the spring at universities nationwide.