Magazine article Corrections Forum

College Students Get Firsthand Experience through Prison Exchange Program

Magazine article Corrections Forum

College Students Get Firsthand Experience through Prison Exchange Program

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For some students, going to college might seem like a jail sentence. For students in Temple University's Inside-Out Prison Exchange program, it literally means going to jail.

The students will visit the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC) in Northeast Philadelphia once a week this semester for a personal view of the criminal system from the inside.

"There were lots of reasons to do this class, but they expanded as we did more of them," explains Lori Pompa, a Dean's appointment in the Criminal justice Department. "For example, say students are studying theoretical issues, they are now able to test those theories in reality.

"Conversely, the folks in the system have particular experiences and this class provides them with the opportunity to take those experiences and put them in a larger framework," she adds.

In the last six years, Pompa has taken more than 2,000 students to jails in the region. Initially, the visit involved only a day trip, but it evolved into a full course two years ago. …

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