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Secretary of State Fagan hosts talk on voting rights of formerly incarcerated Oregonians

Oregon-NorthwestBy Barney LertenPublished May 15, 2021 12:18 AM SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan met Friday with Multnomah County Elections Director Tim Scott, advocates from the Oregon Justice Resource Center and formerly incarcerated individuals for a virtual discussion about the voting rights of formerly incarcerated Oregonians and those previously convicted of a felony. … Continue reading

Message to all AIC’s from the ODOC Chief Medical Officer

April 6, 2021 To All Adults in Custody, As the Medical Director for the Oregon Department of Corrections, I want to take a moment to update you on our vaccination efforts inside Oregon’s prisons. As many of you know, the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) has been working hard to administer doses of COVID-19 vaccine … Continue reading

Oregon DOC ALL MESSAGE – AIC Visiting

Since March 13, 2020, AIC visitation has been suspended in response to COVID-19. It has been a long year, and we are happy to announce our institutions are thoughtfully preparing to reinstate in-person visits. We will run visiting pilots at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP), Columba River Correctional Institution (CRCI), and Coffee Creek Correctional Facility … Continue reading

Oregon DOC Deputy Director video to all AIC’s about Vaccinations and Reopening of Visiting at the Oregon Prisons

Oregon CURE is posting this video at the request of the Oregon Department of Corrections for all Families and Friends that have a loved one inside so they may share this message with you. Good morning. Deputy Director filmed a new “Heidi Talks” on vaccinations and reopening visiting. Click on the link below. Heidi Talks: … Continue reading

America’s Enduring Reliance On Life Imprisonment

Before America’s era of mass incarceration took hold in the early 1970s, the number of individuals in prison was less than 200,000. Today, it’s 1.4 million; and more than 200,000 people are serving life sentences – one out of every seven in prison. More people are sentenced to life in prison in America than there … Continue reading


As found in The Appeal The reform would be a historic step for national efforts to end felony disenfranchisement. Prison is not about “the loss of citizenship,” said one incarcerated advocate. Read more from our series on disenfranchisement in states. Lawmakers in Oregon introduced legislation this month that would enable people in prison to vote. The proposed … Continue reading

Oregonians Against Slavery & Involuntary Servitude Oregonians Against Slavery & Involuntary ServitudeOregonians Against Slavery and Involuntary Servitude (OASIS) is committed to changing the language of the Oregon Constitution to formally ban slavery and involuntary servitude of incarcerated


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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,