Nicholls State University



Nicholls State University’s Inside Out Program is based on the international Inside Out Prison Exchange model that creates a dynamic partnership between institutions of higher learning and correctional systems. The course focuses on conversations that transform our approaches to the understanding of crime, justice, freedom, inequality, and other issues of social concern.

The model was founded in 1995 by Lori Pompa, a criminal justice professor at Temple University. Inside Out courses have been taught at over 200 correctional facilities with facilitators trained from over 350 colleges and universities in nearly every U.S. state, as well as several other countries (i.e. Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom).

 Learn more about the Inside-Out program.



Creating opportunities for students, both incarcerated and campus-based, to engage in a unique academic experience that fosters dialogue, leadership skills, and provides avenues of intersectionality.

To facilitate ongoing learning that extends beyond the classroom and across profound
social barriers allowing students to approach societal issues in new and different ways.

The Nicholls Inside Out course takes place at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex (952 LA-3185, Thibodaux, LA). “Outside” students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the facility; however, the opportunity to arrange carpools will be provided prior to the first off campus meeting.

Nicholls students who are interested in taking the Inside Out course are to submit the application below. Prospective applicants will be asked to attend a 15-minute screening interview with the selection committee. Students should enroll in their classes as usual. The selected students will be added the course.

Spring 2020 Nicholls Inside Out Class Project

Former Nicholls Inside Out Student Remarks

I will never forget the conversations that I have had inside those walls. The men on the inside were some of my greatest teachers. I know that each and every one of them will come to do great things.
-Outside student majoring in Political Science/Pre-Law

Contact Kristen Callais for more information!

In the summer of 2019, Callais attended the Inside Out Prison Exchange training institute at Lewis University and Stateville Maximum Security Prison where she received her certification as an Inside Out facilitator. In partnership with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Callais facilitated Louisiana’s first Inside Out course at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in the Spring semester of 2020. 
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