Faculty / Lori Pompa

Lori Pompa has been on the faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice since 1992. She is Founder and Director of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, established in 1997, creating opportunities for dialogue between those outside and those inside of our nation’s correctional facilities. As a Soros Justice Senior Fellow, she developed Inside-Out into a national model of transformative pedagogy, and is now training instructors from around the country in this teaching approach. Employing experiential and service learning pedagogies in her Criminal Justice classes, she has taken more than 7,000 students to area correctional facilities in the past 11 years, and has worked with men and women inside prison since 1985.

The Inside-Out course is a special group independent study in which a small group of “outside” students has class with a group of “inside” students in the Philadelphia Prison System and Graterford Prison. The program, now in its 18th semester, is an opportunity for everyone involved to explore issues of crime and justice behind the walls, in the hopes of deepening and transforming the dialogue about these issues. Information on the Inside-Out Program can be found on the Inside-Out website at www.temple.edu/inside-out. The program’s e-mail address is inout@temple.edu.

Her areas of expertise are: correctional issues, race and racism, hands-on experiential learning, and community education. From 2000 to 2003, she served as Director of the College of Liberal Arts’ Office of Experiential Learning.

Her journal articles include:

  • “Service-Learning as Crucible: Reflections on Immersion, Context, Power, and Transformation,” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Fall 2002.
  • “Disturbing Where We are Comfortable: Notes from Behind the Walls,” Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service Learning and Community Literacy, Winter 2004.



Related links:

Inside Out Program