Memorials

Ben Hall December 23, 2020

We want to share the news that Ben Hall recently passed away. For those who took the training in Oregon, you will, I’m sure, remember Ben. He was involved in working on our trainings with the ACE think tank for several years during his incarceration at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Ben brought smarts, humor, leadership, and heart to the training experience. He was a great gift to many. Click here for more.


Deborah Leibel December 5, 2020

We are sad to share the news that, on Thanksgiving morning, one of our Inside-Out instructors, Deborah Leibel, passed away after a long bout with cancer. Deborah attended the training in June 2014, and taught several Inside-Out classes in the Philadelphia jails through The Philadelphia Center, where she was a faculty member from 1990 to 2017. Click here for more.


Thomas (Reem) CottonApril 30, 2020

We are very sad to share the news that Thomas (Reem) Cotton passed away last night after an illness related to the Coronavirus. Many of the people in our network probably knew Reem, as he was part of the Graterford Think Tank for 10 or 11 years, and was probably involved in 20-25 Inside-Out Trainings. Click here for more.


Leah Gaskin Fitchue and Inside-Out class July 1, 2019

Rev. Dr. Leah Gaskin Fitchue completed the Inside-Out Instructor Training Institute in January 2018, and soon after, began teaching Inside-Out courses at the Alexandria Detention Center in Virginia. Her most recent class combined from the jail and students from Virginia Theological Seminary.  Click here for more.


Carolyn Schrock-Shenk February 8, 2019

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Carolyn Schrock-Shenk, an associate professor of Peace, Justice, and Social Conflict Studies at Goshen College in Indiana.  Click here for more.


Kay Harris at an Inside-Out Training November 16, 2018

The Inside-Out family is in deep mourning over the loss of Kay Harris, who passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018, after a brief, sudden illness. Kay was both the midwife and backbone of The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, and has had a profound impact on the program’s evolution.  Click here for more.


“Fighting to stop an injustice from continuing is not like ordering at a drive-up window. It’s like cultivating a tree. The tree might not be strong enough in our lifetime to spread its leaves very far but our children might appreciate its shade. We probably won’t get to live in a world where people are not dehumanized in the prison system. But we can live in a world where we don’t let it dehumanize us and expect that someday someone will live in that other world.”

– A Former Inside-Out Student