RTA helps people in prison develop critical life skills through the arts, modeling an approach to the justice system based on human dignity rather than punishment.
BREAKING THE CYCLE OF INCARCERATION
There are 1.8m people incarcerated in the US. Over 95% will eventually be released.
RTA members use their time productively in prison, and when released reconnect with their families and strengthen their communities, breaking a generational cycle.
Nationwide over 60% of people return to prison within three years of release.
Less than 5% of RTA members return to prison.
The US spends over $80 billion a year on incarceration.
RTA’s proven impact on recidivism saves taxpayers millions of dollars each year.
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Our Response to Covid 19
We're back! After over a year of distance learning, RTA begins return to in-person programming. Read about how we've navigated the pandemic and our progress here. Pictured: Teaching Artist Shawn Fischer and Alumnus Jermaine Archer film DVD acting workshop for distance learning.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at RTA
As an organization that works extensively with incarcerated people, we stand in solidarity with all people of color and all those oppressed by institutional inequality. As an arts organization, we are committed to telling the story of our shared humanity.