Inside Voices is a group that formed out of the Inside Out Prison Exchange program from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. College students from the Criminal Justice and Honors Programs at UMD were set to go into Macomb Correctional Facility and learn with the Theory Group of incarcerated persons there. Ideally, this collaborative effort would result in a greater understanding between those incarcerated and those on the “outside”. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has prevented the Macomb Theory Group and the UMD students from interacting directly.

Although the class framework has been disrupted, the spirit of the program continues as students work with formerly incarcerated individuals to put on several events surrounding prison and prison life. These events include the Inside Voices Art Show and Auction, the Better Together BBQ, and the musical performance put on by the Chamber Detroit Music. These events are designed to engage the greater community in order to promote a greater understanding of prison life and issues surrounding crime and punishment, so please check out each event tab for more information! Updates will be posted as they come. 

In an effort to build further understanding specifically between the University of Michigan – Dearborn campus and issues surrounding incarceration, our group will also be posting a podcast series discussing the subject with class guests and professors. Episodes will be released on a bi-weekly basis.

Any questions? Reach out to us at InsideVoices@umich.edu