The Network

Starting in 2004, The Inside-Out Center held the first training institute, launching its national replication of the program. Since then, The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program has grown into a global network of educators, alumni, and other stakeholders.

Number of Instructor Training Institutes:
50 (from 2004 through 2017)

Instructors Trained:
Nearly 800 from hundreds of colleges/universities in nearly every U.S. state, as well as several other countries (i.e. Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, and Scotland)

Media Recognition of Inside-Out:
Inside-Out classes regularly receive print, radio, or television media attention in their local areas, with more than 300+ news pieces appearing across North America and beyond featuring the Inside-Out model.

Academic Institutions Sponsoring Classes (partial list):
Nearly 100 higher education institutions, ranging from small liberal arts colleges to large research universities to local community colleges, host Inside-Out courses. For a complete list, click here.

Disciplines of Inside-Out Classes (examples):
African-American Studies, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Drama, Economics, Education, English, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, Law, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religion, Social Work, Sociology, Theatre, Writing, Women’s Studies

Correctional Institutions Sponsoring Classes (partial list):
Over 100 institutions based in urban, rural, and suburban settings, including county jails, state prisons, federal prisons, juvenile facilities, and community correctional facilities at all security levels, host Inside-Out courses. For a complete list, click here.

Courses Offered to Date:
600+ courses across dozens of states and several countries

Number of Inside and Outside Students who have taken an Inside-Out course:
22,000+

Inside-Out feet
“If you don’t already know about the Inside-Out program, check it out and get involved! It’s so important that we end the separation between ‘us’ and ‘them’ – those labeled ‘prisoners,’ ‘criminals,’ ‘felons.’ It is this separation and demonization of the ‘others’ – and our failure to truly see, hear, and engage with those who have been locked up and locked out – that makes it easy for us to remain in deep denial about what we, as a nation, have done. Inside-Out challenges that denial in a powerful way.”
– Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness