10/01/19 - 10/31/19
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant Street
Brunswick , Maine 04011
Founded in 2001, College Guild provides free non-traditional correspondence courses that connect incarcerated people with a community beyond prison walls, fostering mutual respect through a shared passion for learning.
The very special Gallery Show of Art and Written Word represents some of the 8000 prisoners from all 50 states that have been offered the opportunity to participate in course work with College Guild and our many volunteers.
Why does College Guild exist? Because the United States has a prison problem and education reduces recidivism.
We are 5% of the world’s population, but hold 25% of the world’s prisoners.
The total incarcerated population in the U.S. is a staggering 2.4 million— a 500% increase over the past 30 years.
One in every 108 adults was in prison or jail in 2012.
One in 28 American children has a parent behind bars.
At the end of 2007, 1 in 31 adults was behind bars, on probation or on parole.
Currently, 65 million Americans have a criminal record.
There are more people behind bars today for a drug offense than there were in 1980 for all offenses combined.
The U.S. spent $80 billion on incarceration in 2010 alone.