Nick Cannon Inspires DC Inmates Seeking A Fresh Start

Washington, D.C. (Wednesday, April 25, 2018) – Nearly 70 D.C. inmates housed at D.C. jailed got a new lease on life today as they graduated from the “Inside Out: Crime and Justice Behind the Walls Program,” an initiative between Howard University and the D.C. Department of Corrections.  Under the program, Howard students and D.C. prisoners learned side by side inside the D.C. jail.  The intense 16-week program includes classes on economics, political science, social justice, and more.

The inmates ranged in age from 18 to 50 and included male and female.  50-year-old Rodney said the program taught him how to better understand his anger and rage.  “As a black man in America, I deal with racism and inequality all the time so it (the program) kind of gave me an understanding (of) how that works and you know how to deal with it,” said Rodney who has been incarcerated for more than three-years.  While Rodney did not want to disclose why he is in jail, he did talk about how he hopes to use the tools he’s gained from the “Inside Out” program to gain a fresh start when he is released.


All of today’s graduates will receive certificates of completion.  Actor/Producer Nick Cannon was the keynote speaker for the graduation.  Cannon, who is also a student at Howard, was one of the instructors for the program. He said he often learned far more from the inmates than they learned from him.


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Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante.

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