“One of the very cool things about this story is what can happen from the germ of an idea,” Lori Pompa says.
She is speaking about the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, an academic course where university undergraduates (“outside” students) learn alongside incarcerated individuals (“inside” students).
Pompa has been taking students to visit correctional facilities since her first class at Temple in 1992, but only started Inside-Out after Paul, a man in incarceration, asked if she had ever considered making the visit last an entire semester.
“I was just kind of stunned by the idea,” Pompa explains. “I thought it was great.”