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Criminal justice students participate in semester-long prison exchange at Jessup.

Real evidence of Knowledge That Works.

A criminal justice class spent the spring semester participating in the national Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at the Jessup (Md.) Correctional Institute. Andrea Cantora, assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice, received a UB Renaissance Seed Scholars grant to implement the program at UB, which brought her students together with inmates at the correctional institute to study as peers behind the prison walls.

The program, an initiative of Temple University's Inside-Out Center, "is a semester-long academic course, meeting once a week, through which 15 to 18 'outside' (i.e.: undergraduate) students and the same number of 'inside' (i.e.: incarcerated) students attend class together inside prison. All participants read a variety of texts and write several papers; during class sessions, students discuss issues in small and large groups. In the final month of the class, students work together on a class project," according to the website.

Read Cantora's heartwarming blog entry to learn more about the outcome.