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Would You Do “Execution Service”?

By Molly Fosco SourceShutterstock Why you should care Correctional officers shouldn’t bear the burden of the death penalty alone. Frank Thompson carefully strapped the prisoner’s wrists and ankles to the gurney, ensuring they would hold tight. But the death row inmate said the straps were hurting him. As Thompson loosened the buckles, the man looked … Continue reading

SB 2520 Please contact your senators and ask them to support this very important prison phone rate bill.

How legislation can help ex-prisoners find employment

Legislation like the Clean Slate bill keeps ex-prisoners out of the correctional system, minimizing costly recidivism rates and enhancing public safety Jul 3, 2018 By Dr. Michael Pittaro, Faculty Member, Criminal Justice at American Military University In 2008, I published an article, “Prisoner Reintegration Challenges of Assimilation and Crime Desistance,” that focused on the challenges ex-prisoners face after release. … Continue reading

Wisdom Within The Pen

Purchase your copy of WISDOM WITHIN THE PEN, a 290 page book of short stories, essays, poetry and expressions written by prisoners and volunteers in Oregon. These are sometimes funny and sometimes heart-wrenching writings of various aspects of the lived prison experience in Oregon, along with historical data relating to Oregon State Penitentiary. Wisdom Within … Continue reading

Senate Leaders Reconsider Ban on Pell Grants for Prisoners

Senate Leaders Reconsider Ban on Pell Grants for Prisoners By ERICA L. GREEN FEB. 15, 2018  The New York Times Part of the Sing Sing Correctional Facility complex in Ossining, N.Y. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times The Senate’s top education leaders will consider reinstating Pell grants for incarcerated students, a move that would restore … Continue reading

End Mass Incarceration Day January 11

An article coming in from Oklahoma CURE by way of National CURE. Click on the title above and then the link below. End Mass Incarceration          

Phone Rates

This is an article from May 2016.  It is here as a reminder that we need to stay diligent about keeping an eye on the phone rates.  Telmate was bought out by a larger company this past year.  So far so good with no rate changes.  We all know how important calls are for not … Continue reading

Former Adults in Custody Share Their Stories

Click on the link below to read an article published in the Oregonian 10/25/17.  These formerly incarcerated individuals will be sharing their stories this coming Sunday at the Unitarian Church in downtown Portland. Former inmates share stories

Oregon CURE annual meeting

    One more reminder….    Date: October 21, 2017 (Saturday)   Join Oregon CURE for Our  Annual Meeting   Topic: Education While Incarcerated         Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM      Location:  Keizer Heritage Center* 980 Chemawa Road NE Keizer, OR 97307 * From Portland area – exit 260B on I-5. At end of ramp, turn right onto … Continue reading

Change the system by being a part of it

Sep 16, 2017 by Colman McCarthy Writing in the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) Change the system by being a part of it Charlie and Pauline Sullivan, 45 years working for US prison reform Charlie and Pauline Sullivan, both close to 80 and as agile as ever, believe in getting around. They estimate that since coming … Continue reading