"One of the very cool things about this story is what can happen from the germ of an idea," Lori Pompa says.
Pompa has been taking students to visit correctional facilities since her first class at Temple in 1992, but only started Inside-Out after Paul, a man in incarceration, asked if she had ever considered making the visit last an entire semester.
"I was just kind of stunned by the idea," Pompa explains. "I thought it was great."
The first Inside-Out class met in the fall of 1997. The program is now in its 20th year, but that hardly tells the whole story. Pompa is also the founder and executive director of the Inside-Out Center,the international headquarters for the exchange, which trains instructors wishing to implement the program in their own institutions.