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Letter from United States Senators to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Following is the first paragraph of a letter from US Senators forwarded from National CURE.  Click on the link to read the entire letter. “We write to urge the Bureau of Prison(BOP) to waive fees associated with phone calls for incarcerated people and to allow for unsupervised phone calls or video conferencing and emails with … Continue reading

Public Service Videos from Oregon DOC

The Adult in Custody:   The Visitor:   While there are other videos in this ODOC series we suggest viewing these two.

Trade Your Prison Sentence for a Smartwatch?

Trade Your Prison Sentence for a Smartwatch? Another dubious get-out-early offer is spreading through federal prisons. Lawyers say it’s a fake. By Christie Thompson Last summer, Delores Wallace’s sister, who was serving a 3 ½-year sentence in federal prison, asked her to look into a company that was all the buzz on her cell block. … Continue reading

The Death Penalty is Unworthy of America

The death penalty is unworthy of America By Editorial Board of the Washington Post Jan. 1, 2020 at 5:14 p.m. EST The death penalty in the United States is in decline. It is less used, less popular and just as unnecessary as ever, according to a year-end report from the Death Penalty Information Center, which tracks death penalty numbers. … Continue reading

Japanese garden opens inside Oregon State Penitentiary

Japanese garden opens inside Oregon State Penitentiary By Noelle Crombie The Oregonian 9384337 View larger image SALEM — The inmates’ idea was far-fetched: install a Japanese garden in the shadow of a massive cellblock at the Oregon State Penitentiary. For one, prison officials wondered, who would pay for it? Who would do the work? Would … Continue reading

An Iliad Remount

Join the Discussion! Northwest Classical Theater Collaborative (NCTC) continues its mission of knitting rooms together throughout Oregon. This year we are focusing on Houses of Worship, Colleges, with a special performance at City Hall. We have three chances for you to catch a public performance: – October 13th at 7pm at West Hills Friends Church … Continue reading

Joe Coleman died in prison on Thursday — for what?

Joe Coleman died in prison on Thursday — for what? Life sentences reject the possibility of rehabilitation, leading to the mass incarceration of elderly people, who now account for 20% of Illinois’ prison population. By Contributor  Oct 7, 2019, 2:31pm CDT   Chicago Sunb-Times Jennifer Soble Share this story           Joe Coleman died on Thursday night, succumbing to … Continue reading

He Entered Prison As a ‘Whiskerless Kid.’ Will Oregon Ever Let Him Out?

He Entered Prison As a ‘Whiskerless Kid.’ Will Oregon Ever Let Him Out? Despite supporting Oregon’s new juvenile justice law, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is still fighting to keep people in prison who received life sentences as minors. Inside the county jail, Sterling Cunio, then 17, asked his lawyer if he would be home by … Continue reading

How Norway turns criminals into good neighbours (by BBC News Emma Jane Kirby)

What is the point of sending someone to prison – retribution or rehabilitation? Twenty years ago, Norway moved away from a punitive “lock-up” approach and sharply cut re-offending rates. The BBC’s Emma Jane Kirby went to see the system in action, and to meet prison officers trained to serve as mentors and role models for … Continue reading

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