The Cumberland and Sagadahoc County domestic violence prevention agency Family Crisis Services (FCS) will host a special photo and poem exhibit at the Freeport Community Library during the month of January.

From Thursday through Jan. 30, the exhibit “ More than a Rap Sheet: The Real Stories of Incarcerated Women,” will be on display. It features poems written by women incarcerated at Cumberland County Jail and Maine Correctional Center.

According to a press release from FCS, 95 percent of the women in those prisons have experienced domestic violence in their lifetimes.

At 1 p. m. Saturday, the exhibit will have an official opening featuring the women poets and FCS staff members discussing the story behind the exhibit and reading poems.

The exhibit also features portrait photographs of the incarcerated poets, taken by Christine Heinz of the Portland based SALT Institute for Documentary Studies.

FCS will accept donations of composition notebooks with no metal or staples during the exhibit’s stay at the Freeport Community Library.

For more information about Family Crisis Services, visit

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