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DC Department of Corrections Partners with Howard University for Inaugural Inside Out Course in the Nation's Capital

Inside Out course participants, including HU students, with Dr. Bahiyyah M. Muhammad, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Howard University College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology and Anthropology (back row center with glasses).

The DC Department of Corrections, in partnership with Howard University, is providing the first Inside Out course in the nation's capital. The Inside-Out model is a national program founded at Temple University in 1997. Currently, there are more than 600 classes being offered across the globe, none of which were offered in the District of Columbia. DC Department of Corrections has made history by offering the first Inside Out course in the DC Prison Facility.

The 15-week course, Sociology 113 (undergraduate) and Sociology 213 (graduate), is taught by Dr. Bahiyyah M. Muhammad, Assistant Professor of Criminology, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

"We are very excited about (the course)," said Dr. Muhammad. "The course is titled, "Crime and Justice Behind the Wall" and focuses on the collateral consequences of incarceration, especially as it relates to children of incarcerated parents. This course comes at a very important time with bi-partisan support for changes in crime policy. The DC Inside Out class comes only months after President Obama's visit to a federal prison," she stated.

According to Dr. Muhammad, this partnership is very important because it allows the students to recognize the power of education as a vehicle for transformation and a force for social change. Through course readings students critically discuss hope, compassion, integrity, respect, truth, service and leadership. This course is evidence of the DCDOC's commitment to innovative programming that prepares returning citizens for the realities of life beyond incarceration. Research evidence has clearly documented the success of educational programs in reducing recidivism.

Dr. Muhammad attended certification training in 2007, held the position as Director of the College Bound Consortium, a prisoner education program modeled after Inside Out; and last semester, Dr. Muhammad's course required students live on the grounds of a prison for seven consecutive days.

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