Did you know that there are currently 2.3 million people in prison in the US, and that this has increased 500% in the last 30 years (prisonpolicy.org)? The state of Washington alone currently has over 19,000 people incarcerated, with another 94,000 on probation and 11,000 on parole (sentencingproject.org).
Many of these prisons have very limited post-secondary educational opportunities for inmates. UW RSO Huskies for Opportunities in Prison Education (HOPE) works to promote post-secondary educational opportunities for inmates at the Twin Rivers Unit at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC). HOPE believes in liberation through education, and works to draw people together, both students at MCC and at UW, into the conversation on mass incarceration and recidivism and work together to offer a tangible solution.
Special Event: join HOPE on Wednesday March 6th from 7-9pm in the Ethnic Cultural Theater for a panel discussion on education while incarcerated. Formerly incarcerated panelists will discuss their experiences with education while incarcerated and since release.
If their mission or their work sounds interesting, feel free to join HOPE on Tuesdays from 6-7pm by the Starbucks in the HUB. They’re always looking for new social-justice minded students to engage in the difficult conversations surrounding mass incarcertion, and would love to hear your input in finding new ways to provide education for the men at MCC!