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Student Participants Talk About Experiences in the Inside-Out Program

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Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dr. Kristenne Robison, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice studies at Westminster College, encouraged three students share the unique and positive ways they have affected residents at the Trumbull Correctional Institution.

Students Pano Constantine, Britt Mavrich, and Gretchen Schwarz provided their experiences at the Summit on Making Northeast Ohio Communities Safer. They presented their hands-on efforts to help the community of people through the Inside-Out program, which was implemented at the Trumbull Correctional Institution through the curriculum at Westminster College last semester.

“The Inside-Out class has taught me lessons that I know I would not have learned in a regular classroom,” said Britt Mavrich, junior criminal justice studies major. “I learned how important communities and relationships are to learning and permanent change. Collaboration and honesty is how change will be orchestrated to make the changes we need to see in our system but ourselves as well.”

The Inside-Out Exchange Program takes students (on the outside of prison walls) to learn about what's happening on the inside of prison walls and inside of the minds of those who are incarcerated. The program provides the opportunity for a transformative learning experience for all participants.

Visit the Criminal Justice page for more information about the program.