John's Island Regional Library - Interested members of the community are asked to join us in a safe space to converse with a person who was formerly incarcerated. For more information on the Human Library Series at Charleston County Public Library, and to see previous sessions in their entirety, visit our section on the Human Library Series.

Three months ago, Aulzue Fields was released from prison after serving a 17-year sentence. Hear from him the struggles of what it takes to be successful after living half of your life behind bars.

Fields is a graduate of the Turning Leaf Project, a nonprofit organization that helps local men at high risk of incarceration prevent reoffending, using intense life skills training, job placement, and more. Listen to candid stories of what life is like in prison, the difficulties of re-entering society and the positive impact Turning Leaf has on its students. The United States has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world, at 724 per 100,000 people. The cost for one person to re-enter prison and serve one year is $20,000 - $30,000. An estimated 68 percent of released prisoners are arrested within three years, 79 percent within six years, and 83 percent within nine years.