Class lets Goshen College students and Elkhart County inmates study together

May 29, 2014 by Lydia Sheaks

Justice means something different for Goshen College students who took a class with inmates at the Elkhart County Jail this May.

The 12 students joined 12 inmates for a three-week class on violence, punishment, the criminal justice system and restorative justice.

It was the first time for such a partnership between the jail and the college, but the class went so well participants say it should continue.

"What struck me is that if I were blindfolded and just walked into this room and heard the conversations and discussions that took place, you would never know you were in a jail," said Lt. Kris Klosinski, coordinator of inmate educational opportunities for the jail. "You would have thought you were in any college classroom across the country."

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