"I can honestly say I have always been grateful for these jobs. Not only did they provide me with funds with which to meet my needs but they also gave me something useful to do with my hands and mind. When I can work at something I feel useful. I have learned many skills at OCE jobs. At times I have not always been happy with certain aspects of my employment but by working with my supervisors I have always been able to resolve the problem."
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 Andrew. Andrew resides at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution and works in OCE's Garment Factory. He has had several different work assignments with OCE and can compare his experiences with other states. His last name has been redacted for considerations of safety and sensitivity. What he has to say in the following letter is real and in his own words.
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