September 1, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program: Discussion with Renee Heberle, Sept. 30

All students and faculty are invited to attend a discussion of the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program on Friday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Bentley Annex 102.InsideOutHome

This discussion will feature Dr. Renee Heberle, Professor of Political Science at the University of Toledo, and Dr. Angela Bryant, Professor of Sociology at the Ohio State University – Newark.

This will be an informal discussion over pizza.

The discussion is co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, the Political Science Department, and the Making & Breaking the Law theme.

Heberle is Coordinator of the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program and Co-Director of the Program in Law and Social Thought at the University of Toledo.

She will deliver Ohio University’s Constitution Day 2016 lecture on “Dignity vs Rights: Exploring the Practical Effects of Constitutional Principles in U.S. and German Prisons” on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. in Scripps 111.

About Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program

The Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program is an international initiative to challenge traditional ways of thinking about crime and justice through transformative educational strategies.

Established in 1997, the program brings college students and incarcerated individuals together as peers in a classroom setting that emphasizes dialogue and critical thinking.

The logistics of each course includes an in-person screening process to determine the appropriateness of the student’s participation in the course, a strict set of institutional and classroom rules, semi-anonymity (first names only), and a strict no-contact rule upon completion of the course for both inside and outside students.

Also, inside students are expected to not talk about what they have been convicted for and outside participants are informed they are not there to study those on the inside.

All of these policies and principles support the goal of every Inside-Out course: to study issues, not people.

After almost two decades of summer trainings across the country, there are now over five hundred certified Inside/Out instructors in the US and many more in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia.

The first inside-out course in Ohio was offered in 2006. A decade later, Inside/Out has grown to include thirteen university instructors from nine different universities offering thirteen different courses over the course of each academic year.

The ethical principles that guide the program and the pedagogical practices collaboratively developed and refined over years of experience make the Inside/Out Program unique among prison education initiatives that have emerged since federal funding for prison higher education was abolished in the mid-1990s.

While the content of each course will differ with the expertise of the professor(s) involved, the principles and practices that define and shape our pedagogical purpose are held in common.

For more information, please contact Center for Law, Justice & Culure Director Dr. Haley Duschinski.

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