The initiative currently offers one Inside-Out style course each semester with an eye to expanding these offerings to cover a variety of rigorous, liberal arts education opportunities to even more people who are incarcerated in the years to come.
Based on the widely successful national model of Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, the Woods College, Sociology Department, and Lynch School of Education have partnered with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department Education Division to offer a course that brings college students together with incarcerated men or women to study together as peers in a course behind prison walls. The core of the Inside-Out Program is a semester-long academic course, meeting once a week, through which "outside" (undergraduate) students and the same number of "inside" (incarcerated) students attend class together inside prison. This model of higher education exposes incarcerated students to educational possibilities that they might not have otherwise considered, and it offers students enrolled in the University an opportunity to get firsthand knowledge about the criminal justice system.
There is an information session for the course 5-6pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in Gasson 201.
Click here to download the Spring 2020 application. The completed application is due Monday November 11, 2019 by 5pm. Interviews will be conducted for selected applicants November 18-26, and the course roster will be finalized by Monday, December 2, 2019. Please note that students who are selected to participate will need to complete a background check and orientation with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Inside-Out: Perspectives on Crime, Corrections, and Justice
SOCY 3378 / ADCJ 3033 / APSY 3378
This Inside-Out course is an opportunity for a group of students from Boston College and the South Bay House of Correction to exchange ideas and perceptions about crime, corrections and justice. It is a chance for all participants to gain a deeper understanding of the United States criminal justice system through the marriage of theoretical knowledge and practical experience achieved in meetings throughout a semester. Topics include causes and definitions of crime, criminal justice institutions, myths and realities of prison life, experiences of crime victims, theories of punishment and rehabilitation, and the relationship between crime and community. Most sessions will meet at the South Bay House of Correction in Boston.
*Course registration is by instructor permission only. Contact Instructor Matt DelSesto to obtain an application.