OCE programs seek to provide real opportunities for participants to utilize their training and produce deliverables that go beyond OCE to positively impact the community in many forms. One way we are doing this is through our Graphic Design Program at OSCI. Program participants train on cutting edge software and utilize advanced equipment and tools to design graphics and artwork seen by the public, thus building their skill sets and giving them tangible experience for their future job searches.
Over the past couple of years, the Graphic Design Program has built a relationship with the Council on Criminal Justice media relations team. From their website, the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) is a nonpartisan invitational membership organization and think tank that advances understanding of the criminal justice policy challenges facing the nation and builds consensus for solutions based on facts, evidence, and fundamental principles of justice. CCJ task forces have addressed federal criminal justice priorities, COVID-19 and criminal justice, policing, violence reduction, and Medicaid and reentry. Another task force is currently examining long prison sentences.
For several reports previously released, OCE Graphic Design has been given the opportunity to design cover art. The most recent Veterans Justice Commission was such an opportunity https://counciloncj.org/veterans-justice-commission/. James, an experienced graphic designer from the team, has had his submissions selected several times, including this cover for Veterans Justice Commission. James was able to participate fully in the creative process, contributing ideas and variations, and always meeting or exceeding the needs of the sponsors. Working with CCJ has been positive for all involved and the experience for James will serve him well in his future as a professional graphic designer.
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