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Pen America 2018 Winners

Pen America is an organization that supports people and their writings in America and worldwide.  Below you will find a link to their website where you can find the 2018 prison writing award winners for 2018. By typing in the search window “Prison Writing Award Winners: 2018” you can find two winners from Oregon … Continue reading

ACLU of Oregon Lobby Day in Salem, save the date. Your voice is powerful in Salem. Meet other ACLU supporters and help create an Oregon that treats all people fairly! Join us on Presidents Day at the state capital. Meet with your state legislators to advocate for issues like juvenile justice reform, privacy protections, and immigrant rights with the ACLU of Oregon. SAVE THE … Continue reading

Measure 11 Survey for Oregon Residents

S18110517430 Click on the number above to see the survey cover letter, click on the link below to take the survey.

Heated floors and pillow-top mattresses… in prison

Heated floors and pillow-top mattresses… in prison By Dan Lieberman and Claudia Morales, CNN Updated 3:45 PM ET, Fri June 22, 2018 (CNN)Heated floors, bike rides, and five-star cooking classes. Welcome to prison in Norway. It looks nothing like most prisons in the US. That’s because Norway’s prison system is designed with three core values … Continue reading

660 prosecutors committed misconduct. How many were disciplined?

Food for thought about the power of Prosecutors. The vast majority of prosecutors perform their duties in good faith with the aim to fulfill their constitutional and legal obligations. However, like the rest of us, they are susceptible to stress, biases, and mistakes. And some prosecutors deliberately break the law in their zeal to win convictions. … Continue reading

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