For one or two semesters a year, Inderbitzin brings about 15 students to maximum-security prison, once a week, where they meet with the same number of “inside” students. Together they read, talk about their lives, and try to gain a common understanding and respect for each other. Slightly different versions of the program are also offered at the University of Oregon and Portland State University.
A few months ago we went to OSU to talk with Inside-Out students — current college students and ex-convicts who took the class when they were behind bars.
What do you want to know about life in prison? If you took part in the Inside-Out program, from either side, what did you learn?
Editor’s Note: After our broadcast we asked the Inside-Out class, “what did we miss?” Check out the extended conversation about the connections made between the students in the program.