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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

Nature imagery calms prisoners

September 1, 2017 Nature imagery calms prisoners University of Utah professor Nalini Nadkarni (right) interviews an inmate (left) about his experiences with viewing nature videos. Credit: Benj Drummond Sweeping shots of majestic landscapes. Glaciers, forests and waterfalls. Research published today shows that these images, shown to people deprived of access to nature, can reduce tension, … Continue reading

FCC Commissioner: “[This is] the greatest form of regulatory injustice I have seen in my 18 years.”

Friend, studies have shown that allowing incarcerated people to have regular in-person visits with loved ones reduces their likelihood of re-incarceration. But many correctional facilities have moved towards only allowing people to communicate with incarcerated loved ones through video and calling technology. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, 74% of jails banned in-person visits when … Continue reading

Task Force would help find ways to lower recidivism

SENATE MAJORITY OFFICE Oregon State Legislature State Capitol Salem, OR NEWS RELEASE June 28, 2017 CONTACT: Rick Osborn (503) 986-1074 Rick.osborn@oregonlegislature.gov Task Force would help find ways to lower recidivism SB 689 re-establishes task force to identify ways to help offenders reintegrate SALEM –Lowering recidivism starts with properly transitioning ex-offenders back into society after they’ve … Continue reading

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