Inside-Out idea was born on a visit to the state prison in Dallas, PA.

First Inside-Out class was conducted in the Philadelphia Prison System.

2000 – 2001
Two other Temple professors began Inside-Out classes.

Inside-Out expanded to the state prison in Graterford, PA. The Graterford Think Tank began and the group still meets weekly.

2002 – 2003
Soros Justice Senior Fellowship granted to replicate the program in other locations; inside and outside students collaborated in developing replication criteria and materials.

First Inside-Out Instructor Training Institute held in July with 20 participants. Graterford Think Tank members co-facilitated parts of training.

The first advisory boards, the National Steering Committee and National Research Committee, were established and have been meeting regularly ever since.

Inside-Out Regional Centers began to be developed throughout the country and the first Inside-Out regional conference was held in Indiana.

Mini-documentary on Inside-Out was developed by University of Oregon.

Day-long conference at Graterford Prison conducted during the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology.

Visit to the Graterford Think Tank by several high-ranking officials of the French Ministry of Justice who met to discuss the Inside-Out program.

Alumni groups in Oregon and Philadelphia began to meet and develop programming.

Inside-Out expanded to Canada.

Inside-Out expanded to the U.K.

Inside-Out received a Ford Foundation grant to scale up the program in MI, OR, PA, CA, and CO.

Inside-Out expanded to Australia and Mexico.

As of 2017, Inside-Out has hosted 51 trainings, which have prepared more than 800 educators worldwide to facilitate Inside-Out and other community-based learning courses.

More than two dozen think tanks had been established to work on social justice projects around the world.

“It’s so important that people can talk to and understand each other. What Inside-Out is doing is letting people see each other, and really talk. That’s the value of education. Bringing young people into prisons for classes means that they really meet each other. They hear each other’s stories and see each other as real people. That’s so important in creating justice in this world."
– Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking