Wiser Justice

Program Website: www.guilford.edu

Contact: Barbara J. Lawrence, Founding Director, blawrenc@guilford.edu, (336) 316-2432

Program Description: In a unique partnership with the NC Department of Public Safety (NCDPS), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Guilford College’s Wiser Justice program brings liberal arts courses to incarcerated women and men in three correctional facilities in North Carolina. Upon completion of the the program students receive 30 college credits toward and Associate or Bachelor’s degree that are transferrable to most colleges and universities. This unique certificate program also offers an opportunity for students to acquire a Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) employment certification offered by the U.S., Green Building Council. We are the only college in the country that offers a LEED program to men and women who are incarcerated. Guilford College also in partnership with the NC Department of Health offers men and women in one of our programs the opportunity to have a Peer Support Specialist certification. This certification prepares professionals to work with substance abuse prevention and individuals dealing with mental health issues.

Degrees Offered: Not degree-granting

Programs Offered: see above

Unique Features: We are only program in this country that offers a LEED Green Associate Exam to incarcerated individuals.

Headquarters: Greensboro, NC; Troy, NC; Salisbury, NC; Yanceyville, NC

Correctional Facility Served: Southern Correctional Institution, Piedmont Correctional Institution, Dan River Prison Work Farm

College/University Affiliation: Guilford College

Population Served: women and men in 2 medium security facilities; men in one minimum security facility

Year Founded: 2013

Number of Students: 45

Graduates to Date: 30

Founders: Barbara J. Lawrence, Founding Director

Funding: Funded by NC Department of Public Safety

Program Evaluation: Satisfaction surveys; certification passing rates; graduation rates

  • National Directory of Prison Education Programs