Tim Robbins Behind Bars - To Teach Acting
Years after starring in The Shawshank Redemption, Tim Robbins is back behind bars - this time to teach.
The Oscar-winning actor has been teaching in a medium-security prison in Norco, California, according to CBS.
The inmates are serving time for crimes ranging from possession of marijuana to murder.
Robbins told CBS: "It creates this place, particularly important in prison, where people can step outside of what's expected of them and try to explore new emotions, create new realities, create new truths for themselves."
The project, now in its seventh year, is funded by The Actors' Gang, which Robbins and some acting friends founded in 1981.
Working on The Shawshank Redemption, released in 1994, gave Robbins a sense of life behind bars, he said.
"I spent some time in solitary, to prepare for Shawshank. I asked to be locked up.
"It gives you a good idea of what the isolation is, and what the loneliness of it is."
Robbins also directed Dead Man Walking, about a convicted killer on death row.