XU/LeCI Inside-Out Class - Spring 2014


The Xavier Department of Criminal Justice offers YOU the chance to spend time behind bars in a state prison or at a halfway house–and earn 3 hours credit while you do it.

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is unlike any class you have ever had. The course meets inside a men's prison located approximately 25 miles north of Xavier University or at a halfway house for women 9 miles southwest of Xavier University. The class combines Xavier students with an equal number of incarcerated men at Warren Correctional Institution or women at Pathways halfway house in the Fall semester and incarcerated men at Lebanon Correctional Institution in the Spring semester. Both Xavier and incarcerated students have the same syllabus and academic requirements. For years, dozens of Xavier students-from all majors-have been transformed by the Inside-Out class.

The curriculum at Warren and Lebanon Correctional (both level 3 state men's prisons) includes the exploration of why people commit crime, the purpose of prison, analysis of the criminal justice system, punishment and rehabilitation, the intersection of race, class, and sex in the criminal justice system, victims and victimization, and the myths and realities of prison life, while the curriculum at Pathways (a halfway house for women) includes pathways into crime, the importance of gender-specific rehabilitation, the role of children, victimization, the myths and realities of prison life, and dependency.

Inside-Out fulfills the diversity Core requirement and is an elective for criminal justice and other majors at Xavier. To be considered for the course, students are required to fill out an application and attend an interview with Dr. Cheryl Lero Jonson for the Warren and Lebanon Correctional courses or Dr. Gail Hurst for the Pathways course. Class size is very limited, so if you have questions or want to be considered for this exciting class, please contact:

Dr. Cheryl Lero Jonson at jonsonc@xavier.edu for information on the Warren and Lebanon courses

Instructor Christine Shimrock at christineshimrock@gmail.com for information on Warren and Lebanon Correctional courses and Pathways course

Dr. Gail Hurst at hurst@xavier.edu for information on the Pathways course