Program Website: http://csme.utah.edu/inspire/ or http://nalininadkarni.com/about/science-in-prisons-2/
Program Description: The goal of the Initiative to bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated in Utah (INSPIRE) is to bring science and nature to the incarcerated. We build connections with science, scientists, inmates, and the corrections community through science lectures, workshops, and conservation projects at correctional facilities in Utah. The program was initiated by Nalini Nadkarni, co-founder of the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP).
In 2014, INSPIRE program staff began working with the Utah Department of Corrections and the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Programs now include a monthly science lecture series, science workshops, and conservation research projects.
Degrees/Programs Offered: None; Students engage with monthly science lecture series and with conservation projects in correctional institution
Unique Features: See our website: http://nalininadkarni.com/
Correctional Facilities Served: Draper State Prison; Salt Lake County Jail; Decker Detention Center
Population Served: Adult men and women; incarcerated youth, all security levels
Number of Students: 70-100 students
Graduates to Date: N/A
Year Founded: 2014
Founders: Nalini Nadkarni
College/University/Organization Partnerships: N/A
Funding: Funding for this program comes from the National Science Foundation (DEB-1141833 and DRL-1204448), private donations, and in-kind support from program partners.
Program Evaluation: We have engaged an external evaluator to assess impacts on inmates and staff via surveys and interviews.