CURE History

CURE was formally constituted as a non-profit organization in 1975 in San Antonio, Texas by Charles and Pauline Sullivan.  The Sullivan’s interest in prison reform began during their involvement in peaceful anti-war demonstrations during the 1960s when they were arrested and jailed along with other protestors.  This experience brought to the Sullivans’ attention the general indifference to those incarcerated.

CURE now has 40 state and issue chapters and over 30 countries belong to International CURE.

The mission of OREGON CURE is to reduce crime by advocating for effective criminal justice policies, procedures, and programs.

Oregon Chapter CURE

Click to download a printable copy of the OREGON CHAPTER brochure  updated 8-17

Oregon CURE provides support and publications to help families/friends navigate the Oregon prison system:

    • Quarterly Intake Orientations
    • Monthly Support Groups
    • Quarterly Release Orientations

Oregon CURE publications are available under the publications tab of our website and may be reproduced without special permission for free distribution.

Join us!

An annual donation secures your membership in Oregon CURE and helps us cover our costs incurred while advocating for effective criminal justice policies, procedures, and programs.  You will be placed on our mailing list and receive our regular newsletter.  If you have a loved-one incarcerated, we encourage you to make an annual donation on their behalf and we will extend to them the same benefits as you.

Suggested Donation:

Donate Now

  • Adult In Custody $3.00
  • Individual $15
  • Family $25
  • Sustaining Member $50 – $100
  • Sponsoring Member $100 – $250
  • Benefactor $250 and above

Oregon CURE is incorporated in Oregon as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by IRS regulations.


4 thoughts on “About

  1. I’ve read all the info on your website and have the following questions and observations.

    How does Oregon CURE advocate for individuals currently incarcerated in Oregon? (The only activity/event given is monthly support groups and occasional orientations by the ODOC for their friends and family members.)

    What specifically does CURE do to support and advance (in Oregon) the goals of the “parent group” International CURE? (Goals of International CURE stated at http://www.internationalcure.org/)

    What achievements has Oregon CURE made towards the goal used in your acronym (CURE) – Rehabilitation of Errants?

    How and by whom is the organization run?

    I could not find information on this site about the election of, or identity of, leaders, boards, committees, etc. No mention of participatory/informational meetings for the general membership, or information about the use of membership dues/donations.This information would be highly useful to individuals considering membership and/or donations.

    Thank you for the work you are doing! I think visitors to your website would like to know more.

    Posted by K. R. Eldin | September 11, 2013, 7:01 pm
    • Thank you for your comments. You are absolutely correct that our site is needing further updates and explanations of our goals and mission as well as evidence that goals are being carried out and we are on target for our mission.
      Our organization just completed migration from another web hosting company to this new site and we are now in process of updating and adding content to our new site location.
      Please check back in the coming months and we would love to hear your feedback as changes are made and new content is added.

      Posted by aguasulis | September 14, 2013, 1:35 pm
  2. I am trying to either develop or help an existing support group for family members who have someone coming back into the family who has been incarcerated for a period of time. Do you have one of these? Kathy Nordahl

    Posted by Kathy Nordahl | June 16, 2015, 11:09 am


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