Tricia Way, Kristi Polizzano, and Reem – The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program: The Gender of Crime, Prisons, and Reentry
Patricia Way, Kristi Polizzano, and Reem (an inside co-facilitator) have created an Inside-Out course–part of The international Prison Exchange Program–that brings undergraduate students from Temple University together with students from the Outside Service Unit at SCI-Graterford, a men’s prison outside of Philadelphia. The course is called “The Gender of Crime, Prisons, and Reentry,” and it explores the ways in which the norms of multiple masculinities and femininities in U.S. society intersect with how crime is defined and who commits it (and who is criminalized), how prisons are gendered institutions, and how we, as a society, structure reentry in ways that ignore gender and undermine its success.
The course is a semester-long seminar that engages all students in interactive dialogue about the issues and includes a collaborative group project in the final weeks. This course is a pilot that will be refined with feedback from the students and then shared with other trained Inside-Out instructors who will benefit from the use of a gender lens on the course topics that are their areas of concentration. This course is unique in its focus on masculinities and femininities–a gender analysis that does more than “add women” to criminological analyses and allows for the different norms of gender that are informed by racialization, socio-economic class, religion, nation, and other social hierarchies. It is also unique in that it brings together students from both sides of the prison wall to create a learning community that values all voices.