University of Maine at Augusta

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With essential funding and inspiration from Doris Buffett and the Sunshine Lady Foundation, the University of Maine at Augusta, in cooperation with Maine’s Department of Corrections, started a college program at the maximum security Maine State Prison in 2006. The program has graduated hundreds of students with both associates and baccalaureate degrees. This level of success encouraged expansion of the college program into every adult correctional facility in Maine, where in the words of Maine DOC Commissioner Randall Liberty, “It has had a transformative impact on the culture of corrections and in the mindset of residents.”