Timeline

1995
Inside-Out idea was born on a visit to the state prison in Dallas, PA.

1997
First Inside-Out class was conducted in the Philadelphia Prison System.

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

2002
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.

2004
First Inside-Out Instructor Training Institute held in July with 20 participants. Graterford Think Tank members co-facilitated parts of training.

2007
The first advisory boards, the National Steering Committee and National Research Committee, were established and have been meeting regularly ever since.

2008
Inside-Out Regional Centers began to be developed throughout the country and the first Inside-Out regional conference was held in Indiana.

2009
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.

2010
Alumni groups in Oregon and Philadelphia began to meet and develop programming.

2011
Inside-Out expanded to Canada.

2013
Inside-Out expanded to Australia.

2014
Inside-Out received a generous grant from the Ford Foundation to scale up the program in targeted geographic areas: MI, OR, PA, CA, and CO.

2015
Inside-Out expanded to the U.K. (England and Scotland).

2016
A total of 45 International Inside-Out Instructor Training Institutes held, with more than 700 participants from 45 states and nine other countries. Graterford Think Tank members – and other think tanks across the country – co-facilitated parts of these trainings.

“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