Led by Professor Kevin Alltucker, the Inside Out class “Tough on Crime or Smart on Crime?” brought together students from the University of Oregon campus and Oregon State Correctional Institution to examine the United States’ juvenile justice system. We explored the system in its past and present iterations, as well as looked ahead to the possibilities for positive reform in the future.
The Prison Education Program has been developing writing workshops over the past couple of years to support current Inside-Out students in improving their confidence and to offer them some of the writing support that they could receive from on-campus resources if they were on-campus UO students. We have been developing a format that we have most successfully delivered now at Columbia River Correctional Institution: Academic Writing Parts 1 and 2.
The UO PEP has expanded our “satellite campuses” to include Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland. This minimum-security prison has become a space for current UO students as well as UO alumni to come together to offer workshops and book discussions. We are now committed to meeting at least once a month, and to diversifying our program offerings to best serve repeat participants, as well as engage new ones.
Discovery Group, the student-led project at Serbu Youth Facility spent three meetings in a row pondering the philosophy of society and happiness through the story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin.