News and updates from the Prison Education Program and related projects
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.
As part of our ongoing series of workshops and book discussions at CRCI, we gathered last Thursday for a communication workshop. More specifically, for some of the funniest and most engaging public speaking activities out there.
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.
Paul Slovic’s particular research focus areas--from decision making to risk analysis to challenges of compassion—resonated powerfully with the group gathered on the Activity Floor to hear this scholar share his research.
Last weekend we held our third book discussion at the Oregon State Penitentiary, this time a bilingual discussion of The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.
The Prison Education Program interns have led the way in collecting over 1,000 books to donate to Oregon correctional facilities already in 2018.
Four inside students will celebrate their graduations from the University of Oregon this June!