The mission of OREGON CURE is to reduce crime by advocating for effective criminal justice policies, procedures and programs.
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Covid-19, Quarantines, and Incarceration

Covid-19, Quarantines, and Incarceration: Exploring the Resiliency of Individuals and Families Who Have Experienced Incarceration Hello everyone! My name is Sarah Lazzari. I am a professor of Criminology and Sociology at Heidelberg University.  I am a part of a research team that is examining the resiliency of individuals who have experienced incarceration (either personally or … Continue reading

New Support Group in NE Portland

We are starting a new support group in NE Portland. Ray Fox will facilitate. Contact him by text at 503 421-0269 if you are interested in joining this group. You may contact Ray by email also,

A historic victory for college in prison

VERA Institute of Justice We have some big news. On Monday night, Congress voted to lift the 26 year-old ban on Pell Grants for people in prison. This means that incarcerated people will once again be able to access federal Pell Grants to pay for college courses. This is a historic victory — for incarcerated students and the … Continue reading

“Time”: Connecting with Loved Ones During Incarceration

The Marshall Project News Inside

A letter to Charlie Sullivan President of International CURE Hello Charlie, As usual, I hope you are well.  Because of changes as a result of COVID, many states have closed their libraries.  This means some incarcerated people no longer have access to News Inside.   Can you remind them through your Newsletter to write me … Continue reading

Prisons and jails have become a ‘public health threat’ during the pandemic, advocates say

By Cid Standifer and Frances Stead Sellers writing in The Washington Post November 11, 2020 at 4:05 p.m. PST Nobody knows how the ­novel coronavirus sneaked through the barbed wire and imposing gates of Ohio’s Pickaway Correctional Institution, where visitors and volunteers were barred from entering in March. But the first case showed up April 4. Follow … Continue reading

As a child, did you have a parent incarcerated? If so, would you participate in a study?

Dear friends, statistics show that today more than 5 million children (7 percent of all U.S. children) have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their lives as children. If you are one of these, consider participating in this most important study. Also, please forward it to others who have had this experience and might … Continue reading

The Frederick Douglass Project for Justice

Marc Howard  and others brought Georgetown accredited college courses to people in jail in DC. Now, Marc and others have created the Douglas Project which seeks to bring together small discussion groups throughout the country composed of people in the free world and people incarcerated. Learn more here.

Attica Lessons: Decarcerate During COVID-19 Description

Webinar Registration Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Microsoft (Outlook) Topic Attica Lessons: Decarcerate During COVID-19 Description On September 21st at 3pm ET, join us for a special presentation as we reflect on the lessons learned from Attica in the present struggle for racial justice, health and safety in prisons and jails, and mass decarceration during COVID-19. Click … Continue reading