Maine Department of Corrections Southern Maine Women's Reentry Center
Rehabilitation, education, and preparation for a positive reentry to society. These were the outcomes that informed SMRT’s programming and planning for the new, 96-bed Southern Maine Women’s Reentry Center.
Designed to house women serving a minimum-security and community-release sentence, the building’s residential and educational aesthetic anticipates the transition out of the corrections environment and contributes to some of the lowest recidivism rates in the nation.
Residents have the freedom to leave the facility to go to work or to volunteer, and upon return, can participate in instructional and wellness programming in a variety of spaces including a traditional classroom, yoga studio, teaching kitchen, and on-site vegetable gardens.