Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Arizona State University brings together university students and incarcerated individuals to learn about issues of crime and justice over a full semester. The culmination of this community-based learning is an actionable project designed to improve our correctional system.

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Inside-Out Projects

"In Today, Out Tomorrow": Resources for Successful Re-Entry

The first ASU Inside-Out class believed that a better knowledge of available resources could help individuals stay out of prison. The class put together a website for incarcerated individuals who are soon to be released, complete with resources such as hotlines, employment opportunities, and tools for veterans.

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Impact of Crime on Victims (ICVC)

The Spring 2016 class was able to resurrect a popular program not offered in the prison in years: the Impact of Crime on Victims Class. This class is centered around restorative justice and those who choose to participate in the class listen to victims share their stories. 

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    “This class has shown me that it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you’ve been through, with determination any goal is achievable. This class has taught me that I am NOT why I’m in prison…I am better than that; I am who I can be… and I can be much more.” — Khan, Inside Student

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    “This class turned out to be so much more than just a three credit course. It’s given me an inspiration to be the change, the solution. In my three years of college I’ve never seen a class of 22 people so passionate about how we can make our justice system better”​ — Lilian, Outside Student

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    “I sincerely hope more schools will consider offering Inside-Out to change lives and renew hope in so many men who desire to live better lives." — Johnny, Inside Student