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Episode 1: The Origins of The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

January 4, 2017

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In this premier episode of The Inside-Out Podcast, the founder and executive director of The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, Lori Pompa, shares her thoughts on how the program began and how it has evolved over the years. You'll also get to hear from a man named Paul, whose idea was instrumental in the birth of this program nearly 20 years ago. Paul is incarcerated in Graterford Prison in Pennsylvania.

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About the Show:
This podcast tells stories from The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, an international educational program with an innovative pedagogical approach tailored to effectively facilitate dialogue across difference. It originated as a means of bringing together campus-based college students with incarcerated students for a semester-long course held in a prison, jail or other correctional setting. This podcast is produced by The Inside-Out Center, which trains and equips higher education instructors to teach courses comprised of incarcerated and non-incarcerated students.

About the Program:
The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is an educational program with an innovative approach to learning designed to facilitate dialogue across difference. It started in 1997 and originated as a means to bring together campus-based college students and incarcerated students for a semester-long course held in a correctional setting. This educational model has been replicated across the United States and in multiple countries since its inception nearly 20 years ago. It has grown into an international network of more than 700 trained faculty, more than 22,000 alumni, nearly two dozen think tanks, and hundreds of higher education and correctional administrators, who have sponsored these classes over the years. Inside-Out seeks to bring about "Social Change Through Transformative Education."


Inside-Out training
Lori Pompa leading a session at an Inside-Out Instructor Training Institute at the Pendle Hill Conference Center in Pennsylvania.

SCI Graterford
The gate leading into the State Correctional Institution at Graterford located outside Philadelphia.