Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series: University of Sing Sing

Nov 13th 2014
Ossining Library’s Budarz Theatre .
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November 13th – University of Sing Sing. Before the film check out the Energize Ossining table in the lobby near the Budarz Theatre.  


Overview: “What happens to a dream deferred?” asked Langston Hughes in his classic poem “Harlem.”The question is especially relevant within the walls of the Sing Sing Correctional Facility, where 1,700 men serve lengthy prison sentences, often for violent crimes.

In 1998, five former inmates founded the privately funded Hudson Link for Higher Education, which enables incarcerated men and women to earn a college diploma. Through Hudson Link’s partnership with Mercy College, Sing Sing prisoners are able to receive the same curriculum and diploma as on-campus students, with remarkable results: Hudson Link has a less than 2% recidivism rate among released graduates. The program draws a myriad of supporters, including rapper and actor Ice-T, business magnate Warren Buffet and singer and activist Harry Belafonte. This film reveals the transformation that occurs when inmates receive not only a college diploma but also a chance at redemption and a reason to hope.

As always, FREE!  

The Program Starts at 6:30 & seating begins at 6:15 at the Ossining Library’s Magnificent Budarz Theatre .  

Following the Screening, join us for Conversation!