Artwork of people once incarcerated displayed in Bangor

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:49 PM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Artwork of people who were once incarcerated was displayed in Bangor Wednesday.

It’s part of a local and national call to action from advocacy groups to change parts of the legal system.

Personal stories were shared along with the artwork done by Dylan Moore.

Moore is a co-coordinator of The Penobscot Jail Storytelling Project.

Their mission is to support those who have been jailed and to work to create change within the system.

”Until I personally spent four and a half months incarcerated, I had no idea that really, these county facilities are like holding cells for people who are ill, and usually poor. And so, it opened my eyes after a 30-year career in government, thinking I knew a thing or two about the criminal legal system. It opened my eyes to the real problems, and instead of focusing on incarcerating more people, we need to focus on solutions to the problems that lead people to jail,” said Doug Dunbar, No Penobscot County Jail Expansion volunteer.

They want to see more community-based mental health care and substance use disorder treatment.

They’d also like to see a better crisis response system developed with more federal funding available.

Other groups there were the Health Equity Alliance, Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, and the National Council on current and formerly incarcerated women and girls.

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