Education

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 delsesma@bc.edu if you have any questions.