Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

About the program

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) are pleased to offer students the opportunity to enroll in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.  In Spring 2020, the course will be offered at the medium security East Unit in Florence, Arizona and will be co-taught by Dr. Cody Telep and Ms. Stephanie Morse.

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is unlike any other class offered at ASU. The semester-long course meets once per week inside a prison located approximately 65 miles south of Phoenix. The class combines ASU students (outside students) with an equal number of incarcerated men (inside students) at the Arizona State Prison Complex Florence in Florence, Arizona. Both ASU and incarcerated students have the same syllabus and academic requirements, and students learn about crime and justice together through collaboration and dialogue. 

Inside-Out was founded by Lori Pompa at Temple University with the first class taking place in the Philadelphia Prison System in 1997.  The program has since grown to include over 1,000 trained instructors from nearly every U.S. state and 9 countries reaching over 38,000 students.  The Spring 2016 Inside-Out class taught at ASU was the first time the course was taught in the state of Arizona. 

The course was first taught by Dr. Kevin Wright. For any general questions about Inside-Out at ASU, please contact Dr. Wright (

To be considered for the course, students are required to fill out an application.  Students who make the short list of applicants will then complete a brief interview with Dr. Telep and Ms. Morse, who are responsible for selecting the final roster of students for the course. Class size is very limited, so if you have questions about the, please contact Dr. Telep at

Barrett, The Honors College, also offers Inside-Out courses


Watch video from the Inside-Out information session (held October 5, 2016) here!

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Course description

Spring 2020
CRJ 317 Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program (3 credits)

Instructors: Cody Telep, PhD; Stephanie Morse, MS

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The course meets Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30pm (because of transportation time, students should be available between 2:00pm and 8:00pm on Wednesday).

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program of Spring 2020 is titled "Communicating Justice" and will be taught inside the men's prison at the Arizona State Prison Complex Florence in Florence, Arizona. The curriculum will include literature and principles from psychology, criminology, and communication that emphasize the relevance of communication to both our everyday lives and criminal justice practice.

Inside and outside students meet separately on the first and last weeks of class in order to properly orient and debrief the experience. During the semester, inside and outside students will discuss issues, complete reading/writing assignments, and work together to complete a group project.

NOTE: Transportation to and from the prison will be provided by ASU. Students are required to meet at ASU Downtown and will be dropped off at ASU Downtown after class. The security of all students is a priority and care is taken to ensure semi-anonymity (first names only) to prevent outside contact during or following the semester.

How to apply

To be considered for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program:

  • Complete and submit the application form by Thursday October 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Applications for Spring 2020 are now closed). 
  • If selected, attend a 15-minute screening interview. 
  • Direct any questions to Dr. Cody Telep (

Important dates:

  • Application deadline is October 31.

  • Screening interviews (for those chosen for an interview) will start November 4.

  • Class will be held in the Spring 2020 semester Wednesdays 3:30 – 6:30pm  (students must be available 2:00 – 8:00pm)

Next Course

The next IO course offered by CRJ will take place in the Spring of 2020.  Applications for the Spring course are now closed.