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07/12/2022
 
Posted By: DreamingCode Admin

VOICES FROM THE INSIDE - AN INTRODUCTION

Hear My Voice - Let's start from the beginning...

The Hear My Voice video series is OCE's response to the desire of the men and women in our programs to have a platform to speak to the community. These videos were made to allow them to express their thoughts by speaking from the heart. This series offers a chance for those wishing to personalize themselves, to let the public see they are people who prefer to speak for themselves. They are aware of the societal climate pushing for changes and they are not in complete agreement. Sometimes a letter is not enough; it is easier to have a conversation, but if they did write one it will be included with the video.



2020 has been quite a year

"A global pandemic. Economic decline. Global civil unrest led to large-scale societal discussions on racism, discrimination, Black Lives Matter, and the role of police in society. This has ignited conversations on prison labor and slave labor, and created a movement for action. In these conversations, one group of people is not being heard: those who are incarcerated. Decisions are being made impacting their programming available to the adults in custody. This is their voice. Join us in our upcoming mini-series: Voices from the Inside."

IN MY OWN WORDS - ANONYMOUS LETTER, OCE PROGRAMS

Anonymous Letter

All in all I think it's a good program

"I see it as a positive that I can learn & teach others to do something that could keep them out of prison or help them get ahead in life. We have free room & board, free food free clothes & a "form" of medical systom. So it balances out.

Also we earn twice what other jobs make, and I'm farely sure you have to pay to learn a trade on the streets."

We have received many letters and continue to see more come in. The responses have been fairly well-rounded with a range of positive, negative, and neutral tones. We want to share with you a letter we received from an anonymous contributor about our programs. What he has to say in the following letter is real and in his own words.

Read more stories like this and learn about OCE training programs and projects by visiting our STORIES PAGE.

IN MY OWN WORDS - ANONYMOUS LETTER, OSCI PRINT SHOP

Anonymous Letter

The Public's Perception of Slave Labor

"As far as the training program in the Print Shop, I have seen 72 people pass thru here during my tenure. A good portion of those men have never had a real job in their life. Yes, they experience a work atmosphere. That doesn't necessarily equate to a work ethic. When I was hired here all I had to offer was a work ethic. Outside of that I was dumb as a post about the printing business."

We have received many letters and continue to see more come in. The responses have been fairly well-rounded with a range of positive, negative, and neutral tones. We want to share with you a letter we received from a worker in the Print Shop at Oregon State Correctional Institution. He has chosen to remain anonymous. What he has to say in the following letter is real and in his own words.

Read more stories like this and learn about OCE training programs and projects by visiting our BLOGS PAGE.