Network Committee

Mission Statement of The Inside-Out Center Network Committee

Committee Members

Frank Campanell (Inside-Out Center)
Norm Conti (Duquesne University)
Eilene Frierson (Inside-Out Center)
Keisha Green (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Lana Harrison (University of Delaware)
Stephanie Keene (Inside-Out Center)
Jeri Kirby (Fairmont State University)
Susan Krumholz (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)
Kristine Polizzano (Inside-Out Center)
Amy Spring (Portland State University)
Tyrone Werts (Inside-Out Center)

Norman ContiNorman Conti is a founding member of the Elsinore Bennu Think Tank and an associate professor at Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit. He has published ethnographies of recruitment, socialization, ethics training and masculinity in policing as well as multiple analyses of the social networks that develop within recruit cohorts. He has also co-authored an article on destigmatization and book chapters on social crime prevention, sustained dialogue, hate crime as well as stigma and moral career. Since 2007, he has taught Inside-Out courses at SCI Cresson, SCI Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Jail.

Inside-Out logo placeholderLana D. Harrison is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and a faculty associate with the Center for Drug and Health Studies. Dr. Harrison is a sociologist, an epidemiologist, and a statistician who has conducted national and international research on the drugs-violence nexus and treatment. She is keenly interested in policy on drugs and crime and their intersection. In Delaware, Dr. Harrison has been actively working in New Castle County prisons and inner city communities. Prior to joining UD, Harrison worked as a scientist at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), and the National Institute of Justice (U.S. Justice Department). Her research interests focus on the drug-crime nexus, drug epidemiology, treatment efficacy, and international drug policy. She has authored or coauthored over 70 publications in these areas.

Stephanie KeeneStephanie Keene is the National Coordinator of The Inside-Out Center (headquarters of The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program). In her capacity as National Coordinator, she serves as a liaison between The Inside- Out Center and its amazing network of dedicated trained instructors and partners as the program continues to expand across the U.S. and beyond. Stephanie's background includes training, education, hotline counseling, and advocacy in the field of intimate partner violence. She also previously worked as a search coordinator for a higher education search firm. She earned her bachelor's degree in English and Communications from Lincoln University (PA).

Susan KrumholzSusan T. Krumholz received her J.D. from Seattle University and her Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University. She is currently Professor in the Department of Crime and Justice Studies and President of the UMass Dartmouth Faculty Federation. Susan’s research/publication interests include intimate violence, alternatives to the criminal/legal system, and women as students and practitioners of the law. She is presently co-editing a series of textbooks in Crime, Law and Justice Studies, “Learning Through Cases" and is the co-author of what will be the third book in the series, tentatively titled "Gender and the Criminal/Legal System." Prof. Krumholz is most passionate about the classes she teaches at the Bristol County House of Corrections as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. These classes bring together students at UMD with incarcerated students for semester-long study. For this work she received the 2008 UMass President’s Public Service Award.

Kristine PolizzanoKristi Polizzano took Lori Pompa’s Inside-Out class in Fall 2014. Since then, she has dedicated herself to learning about and creating social impact. She has worked for the Center as the Philadelphia Programs Coordinator since the end of that class, and is a member of the Graterford Think Tank. She is currently co-facilitating her first Inside-Out course with Professor Nina Johnson at Swarthmore College and SCI-Chester. Being a student of Inside-Out, working for the Center, and now facilitating courses has been such an amazing learning experience for her. She graduated with B.A. in Psychology from Temple University, and her Master’s in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Kristi’s other passion includes fitness and is often hosting powerlifting meets at SCI-Graterford, competing herself, or personal training individuals. She hopes to combine her passion for fitness and social justice one day. When she’s not at Inside-Out or working out, Kristi enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, and travelling.

Amy SpringAmy Spring works with Portland State University students, faculty, staff, and community partners to facilitate and support the growth of community partnerships. Amy is responsible for supporting the university’s Partnership Council, the development and support of strategic partnerships with Portland Public Schools, Intel, and PGE, and providing leadership for the campus community engagement agenda. Ms Spring has spent a significant part of her career development expertise in facilitating faculty and student development workshops focused on community engagement and coordinating recruitment of students and faculty to participate applied community-based teaching. She has worked on several curriculum development efforts developed and managed the Student Leaders for Service Program for 10 years. Her scholarly work includes several publications focused on assessment of community partnerships and student learning, and served as the co-editor of a special issue of Metropolitan Universities, a journal of the Coalition for Urban and Metropolitan Universities. She teaches an applied course focused on civic engagement and community leadership. This is a course that brings Portland State students into a prison to take a class with students who are serving out their prison sentence. She is the mother of two children, ages 17 and 19 and the proud owner of a labradoodle and a schoodle.

Tyrone WertsTyrone Werts was convicted in 1975 as an accomplice to a second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. At the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Graterford, a maximum security prison housing approximately 3,500 men, Werts spent the next 36 years of his life committed to improving himself and helping those around him discover their potential. During his incarceration, Werts earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University. He was heavily involved in developing the Temple University’s nationally renowned Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and a founding member of its affiliated Think Tank group. Inspired by his extensive work in a leadership role with the prison’s Lifer’s organization, he established The Lifers’ Public Safety Initiative, a crime prevention program that has received national and international attention and is based on the “Culture of Street Crime” theory he developed with other incarcerated men to propose solutions to violent crime in prisons and communities. Werts’ contributions to and perspectives on criminal justice reform in the United States has been publicly acknowledged by organizations and agencies at local, state, and national levels. During his sentence, he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the need for parole eligibility for lifers, and before the Commission on Crime and Delinquency in Pittsburgh, PA, on prison overcrowding. On December 30, 2010, after serving 36 years at SCI-Graterford, Werts’ life sentence was commuted by former Governor Ed Rendell. Werts is presently The National Think Tank Coordinator for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Temple University and works as a Consultant at the Philadelphia Public Defenders Association. He is Founder and Director of The End Crime Project, serves on the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males and is a Soros Justice Fellow, 2013.

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“I learned more this week about learning than I ever have in formal education. I learned in a very powerful way the importance of process. Too often we get caught up in outcomes (which are important), but spend little time reflecting on how we learn. I am absolutely blown away by what I now consider the best learning experience of my life. The intellectual, emotional, physical fire I experienced this week was real. I can only work from this point at making my Inside-Out classes as powerful.”
(Inside-Out Instructor, reflecting on the week-long training)