Transformative and Social Justice Dimensions of a Jail-based College Course


  • Jennifer Lanterman University of Nevada, Reno


Transformative Learning, Adult Learning, Social Justice, Experiential Learning


Research consistently demonstrates the benefits associated with the provision of education in correctional facilities. These examinations typically focus on prison-based education, enhanced employment opportunities, and recidivism reduction. There is considerably less attention afforded to jail-based education and other benefits associated with institutional education opportunities. This study focuses on a criminal justice college course based on the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Model taught at the Washoe County (Nevada) Detention Center in the spring 2016 semester. This course brought together outside students (i.e., college students) and inside students (i.e., incarcerated men) for a semester-long course held once per week in the jail. The results highlight the transformative aspects of a single course that may generate the foundation for functional changes among people who are incarcerated and the value of experiential education for college students.

Author Biography

Jennifer Lanterman, University of Nevada, Reno

Jennifer L. Lanterman is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her primary areas of research are the institutional and community-based management and treatment of high-risk and high-need offenders and special populations.