Evaluation of the Inaugural Australian Inside Out Prison Exchange Program (IOPEP)

Martinovic, M, Liddell, E and Muldoon, S 2017, Evaluation of the Inaugural Australian Inside Out Prison Exchange Program (IOPEP), RMIT University, Melbourne Australia


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Title of report Evaluation of the Inaugural Australian Inside Out Prison Exchange Program (IOPEP)
Author(s) Martinovic, M
Liddell, E
Muldoon, S
Year of publication 2017
Publisher RMIT University
Place of publication Melbourne Australia
Subjects Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
Abstract/Summary In 2008 Dr Martinovic developed an interest in the idea of bringing together students from RMIT University to learn with men and women incarcerated in Victorian prisons. This interest was instigated by Dr Martinovic's employment as a Community Corrections Officer when she realised the difficult plight people face when they are sentenced in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and the complexities involved in trying to break their cycle of offending. Dr Martinovic also recognised the importance of criminal justice practitioners advocating for social justice initiatives and having an empathetic understanding toward those in the CJS. Upon hearing about the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program (IOPEP) she realised that this would provide a unique opportunity to teach graduates understanding of and compassion for this oftenmaligned group. To facilitate this teaching interest, Dr Martinovic undertook the IOPEP training at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2008. She was the first Australian academic to complete this training. IOPEP was developed at Temple University by Lori Pompa in 1997. Since that time the program has expanded USA-wide and internationally. IOPEP provides an opportunity for university students to "go behind the prison walls" to reconsider what they have come to know about crime and justice policies and practices. At the same time, it is also an opportunity for those inside prisons to place their life experiences in a larger framework and share these with people from the outside. Through classes and community exchanges, students are able to engage in a collaborative, dialogic examination of issues of social significance.
Commissioning body Corrections Victoria
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