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Inside Out Prison Exchange


The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program® is an educational program with an innovative pedagogical approach tailored to facilitate dialogue across difference. It originated as a means of bringing together campus-based students with incarcerated students for a semester-long course held in a prison, jail or other correctional setting. While those core Inside-Out Prison Exchange courses have been replicated across the United States and in multiple countries since its inception in 1997, the program has expanded into a variety of other forms of educational and community-based programming. It also has grown into an international network of trained faculty, students, alumni, think tanks, higher education and correctional administrators, and other stakeholders actively engaged with, and deeply committed to, social justice issues.

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program provides pivotal knowledge to students who plan on a career in criminal justice. UGA students who leave this program are able to consider crime and punishment from a perspective that few in the field have experienced first-hand

Sarah Shannon, Sarah Shannon, Director of the UGA Inside-Out Program

Inside-Out course at Clarke County Jail, Spring 2018
Inside-Out course at Clarke County Jail, Spring 2018

Are you interested in taking an Inside-Out course at UGA?

The next Inside-Out class at UGA is planned for spring semester 2023, facilitated by Dr. Sarah Shannon (SOCI 4470S). Class meetings will take place twice per week for 2.5 hours each over 8 weeks (typically January - March). NOTE: this means that a full semester's worth of class meetings and content will be condensed into half the normal semester length. The course requires an application and interview process. 

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