May 10, 2019
There are nearly 18,000 men and women incarcerated in Maryland.
According to research, the vast majority of those men and women will be released when they’ve served their sentence, but nearly half will end up back behind bars.
In search of answers to end this cycle, Goucher College believe the answer is education. It’s program, Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP), offers college-level courses at two correctional institutions.
These courses can, and often do, lead to a college degree.
For Curtis Thompson, who has eight years left to serve of his sentence for robbery, GPEP offers him a chance to change his life.
“Don’t come back, don’t be part of the recidivism rate,” he said. “Just be productive in the community and redeem myself.”
Denise Koch: So you want to get a college degree?
Curtis Thompson: Oh, absolutely. That’s the goal.
That goal is achievable.
Donte Small, 29, was in GPEP two years before being released and finishing his degree at Goucher. That is the goal of Kernard Johnson.
Johnson is one of half a dozen GPEP students at area colleges and universities finishing the degree they began in prison.