Pennsylvania

Inside out: Exploring prison reform

Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love” has the highest prison incarceration rate of any large jurisdiction in the country. We learn how local organizations are fighting these conditions, and where and how the state is failing.

Learning objectives

Students begin to understand the history and economics of private prisons. When and why did mass incarceration become a business, and who profits? How does this business impact incarceration rates?
Students study demographical disparities in prisons and the larger societal contexts that engender them.
Students learn about the nonprofit organizations working to establish criminal justice and prison reform initiatives in Pennsylvania, and how their work serves as stopgaps for the failures of the state and the corporations running the prisons.

Program highlights

  • Immersion with Mural Arts Philadelphia
  • Tour of Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Volunteering with Books Through Bars
  • Training at the Inside-Out Center
  • Meeting with Leadership at the Historic PA Prison Society
  • Resource Development at the Juvenile
  • Law Center
  • Meetings with Decarcerate PA and the
  • Philadelphia Public Defenders

Recommendations

Spring, Summer, Fall

7-9 days; 8-12 students

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