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New Course Opportunity (In Prison)

January 9, 2012 — This spring, Drexel students will get a taste of life behind bars in “Prison, Society and You.” Taught by Cyndi Rickards, assistant teaching professor of criminal justice, the course will bring together 15 students with 15 incarcerated men and women in a seminar that takes place inside the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia. “Prison, Society and You” is a collaboration with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, a national effort that explores the relationship between individuals and the prison system.

Cyndi Rickards

Cyndi Rickards, assistant teaching professor of criminal justice and director of online and service learning in the Department of Culture and Communication

Course members will exchange ideas and perceptions about crime and justice, the criminal justice system, corrections and imprisonment. The Inside-Out Program gives students the opportunity to reconsider what they’ve learned about crime and justice, while allowing the “insiders” to place their life experiences in a larger framework. Students interested in signing up for Rickards’ course can attend one of three information sessions this month.

Student information sessions and interviews are being held in PSA room 205:

  • January 23rd at 5:00 PM
  • January 24th at 1:00 PM
  • January 26th at 4:00 PM

Interested in teaching your own Inside-Out course? Faculty members are invited to meet with program founder Lori Pompa, program ambassador and pardoned prisoner Tyrone Werts, and Cyndi Rickards on January 19th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the Liberty View Room of the 6th floor of MacAlister Hall.

Contact Cyndi Rickards, crr46@drexel.edu for more information.

Learn more about the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program »

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