Think Tanks

There are now nearly two dozen Inside-Out think tanks meeting regularly around the world.

North America
Europe

Australia

Think Tanks are groups of Inside-Out alumni (both incarcerated and non-incarcerated) and/or trained faculty who meet regularly on a volunteer basis at a correctional facility. The groups form organically, based on local interests and initiatives, and are a testament to the civic engagement, human connection, and sense of agency that Inside-Out courses inspire.

Think Tanks operate with the Inside-Out model, which facilitates learning via community building across social difference. Think Tanks develop their own projects, which may include leadership development, re-entry programs, training Inside-Out faculty, or community workshops on topics such as restorative justice, conflict resolution, and racial inequality.

To contact any of the Think Tanks, please send an email to Tyrone Werts, the Inside-Out Think Tank Coordinator.

Australia
Australia Think Tank
Dame Phillis Frost Center / RMIT University – Melbourne

United Kingdom
Low Newton Tanket
HM Prison – Low Newton / Durham University

Frankland Think Tank
HM Prison – Frankland / Durham University

Arizona
Arizona Transformation Project Think Tank
Arizona State Prison Complex – Florence / Arizona State University

California
California Think Tank
California Rehabilitation Center – Norco / Pitzer College

Georgia
Big Bang Theory Group
Floyd County Prison in Rome, GA / Berry College

Illinois
Inside-Out Visionaries / Project X / My Life Matters Project / Restoration Collaboration Project
Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, IL / DePaul University

Maryland
Maryland Positive Change Think Tank
Jessup Correctional Institution / Towson University

Massachusetts
Elm Street Think Tanks
Franklin County House of Correction in Greenfield, MA / Greenfield Community College
– There are separate think tanks for the medium and minimum security facilities.

Michigan
Michigan Theory Group
Macomb Correctional Facility in Macomb, MI / University of Michigan

Ohio
People for Change Think Tank
Toledo Correctional Facility in Toledo, OH / University of Toledo

Oregon
A.C.E. (Another Chance at Education) Think Tank
Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, OR / University of Oregon

Pennsylvania
Graterford Think Tank
The State Correctional Institution at Graterford, PA / Temple University

The Elsinore Bennu Think Tank
The State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh, PA / Duquesne University

Tennessee
S.A.L.T. (Schools for Alternative Learning and Transformation) Think Tank
Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, TN / American Baptist College

West Virginia
United Circle 4 H.O.P.E. Think Tank
United States Penitentiary at Hazelton / West Virginia University

We Are Voices United Think Tank
Federal Correctional Institution at Hazelton – Secure Female Facility / West Virginia University

Hazelton Men's Think Tank
Federal Correctional Institution at Hazelton – Secure Male Facility / West Virginia University

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SCI Graterford
Photo courtesy of Ryan S. Brandenburg

Inside-Out Graffiti
Graffiti art by Fox, a former Inside-Out student and member of the Think Tank at SCI-Graterford.

“Inside-Out is a way to uncage the mind. ...A process where ideas can be discussed freely is very rare for those imprisoned; therefore, Inside-Out has a liberating effect. I’ve witnessed the positive change in the thinking of many men as a direct result of their having experienced the Inside-Out course. And as people are freed of stereotypes for a richer understanding of the issues, we as a society benefit in countless ways. Often, through Inside-Out, we take a more holistic approach and connect the dots that the media purposefully ignores. A more informed public makes better decisions which creates a healthier society.”
(Inside Participant)