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CJS 325

Inside-Out: Prison Exchange Program

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 15, 2017 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is an opportunity for a small group of students from Metropolitan State University and a group of residents who are in area correctional facilities to exchange ideas and perceptions about crime and justice, the criminal justice system, corrections and imprisonment. It is a chance for all participants to gain a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system through the marriage of theoretical knowledge and practical experience achieved by weekly meetings extended throughout the semester.

Special information

Note: Students must e-mail instructor for permission to register.

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze the effects of economic changes and segregation on crime in the U.S.
  • Create a program proposal to address rehabilitation needs of inmates.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the history of crime policies in the U.S. and what effect they have had on crime rates.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills.
  • Identify, examine and demonstrate understanding of the reasons for the increase in imprisonment and the consequences of this trend.