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
Click here for more info.

United Kingdom
Low Newton Think Tank
HM Prison – Low Newton / Durham University
Click here for more info.

Frankland Think Tank
HM Prison – Frankland / Durham University
Click here for more info.

Arizona
Arizona Transformation Project Think Tank
Arizona State Prison Complex – Florence / Arizona State University
Click here for more info.

California
Los Angeles Think Tank
California Rehabilitation Center – Norco / Pitzer College
Click here for more info.

Georgia
Big Bang Theory Group
Floyd County Prison in Rome, GA / Berry College
Click here for more info.

Illinois
Inside-Out Visionaries / Project X / My Life Matters Project / Restoration Collaboration Project
Stateville Correctional Center in Chicago, IL / DePaul University
Click here for more info.

Maryland
Maryland Positive Change Think Tank
Jessup Correctional Institution / Towson University
Click here for more info.

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.
Click here for more info.

Michigan
Michigan Theory Group
Macomb Correctional Facility in Macomb, MI / University of Michigan
Click here for more info.

Ohio
People for Change Think Tank
Toledo Correctional Facility in Toledo, OH / University of Toledo
Click here for more info.

Oregon
ACE Think Tank
Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, OR / University of Oregon
Click here for more info.

Pennsylvania
Graterford Think Tank
The State Correctional Institution at Graterford, PA / Temple University
Click here for more info.

The Elsinore Bennu: An Inside-Out Think Tank
The State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh, PA / Duquesne University
Click here for more info.

Tennessee
SALT – Schools for Alternative Learning and Transformation
Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, TN / American Baptist College
Click here for more info.

West Virginia
United Circle 4 H.O.P.E. Think Tank
USP Hazelton in Hazelton, WV / West Virginia University
Click here for more info.

Hazelton Women’s Think Tank
Federal Correctional Institution at Hazelton – Secure Female Facility / West Virginia University
Click here for more info.

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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)