A Lehigh Valley college pairs students and inmates to help find ways to keep people out of prison. It’s getting a big boost.

When Rachel Liberty first entered a prison four years ago, her worldview was “fundamentally changed.”

Liberty, a Muhlenberg College graduate, participated in the college’s Inside/Out Exchange Program in 2018 at Graterford State Prison in Montgomery County. There, she and other Muhlenberg students had class with incarcerated men who were serving life sentences.

Liberty remembers coming to class her first day filled with anxiety and later leaving inspired by her classmates.

“These are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met; moreover, some of the most brilliant,” she said. “These individuals, who experience fatal flaws in the system that’s supposed to bring justice, are the ones with the solutions to fix it.”

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