Empathy and Accountability

By |2016-12-03T21:55:06-07:00September 26th, 2013|Oregon Prison Project|

With the number of people returning to prison being two thirds of those released, I repeatedly wonder if the efforts we make to bring peace and safety to our communities are effective. Our current justice system is punitive, the idea being that people will change if punished for the wrongs they do. However, it seems [...]

Last Night in the Prison – Being a Better Criminal

By |2015-12-05T17:36:17-07:00July 30th, 2012|Oregon Prison Project|

Last night we had graduation; six men graduated from our year-long program bringing our total number of graduates to 54. Each of our participants was encouraged to tell us how taking Nonviolent Communication (NVC) training in prison had affected their lives. Each man spoke of being less reactive and having better relationships with their families, [...]

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Mock Parole Hearings-Shame at Being Denied Parole

By |2015-12-05T17:36:22-07:00June 1st, 2012|Oregon Prison Project|

Last night, my skill was tested, and I failed. During the third quarter of our year-long program in Oregon State Penitentiary we perform Mock Parole Board hearings. This mock parole hearings exercise enables those who are eligible for parole to practice their new skills in a situation that has enormous meaning for them; parole hearings [...]

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NVC in Oregon Prisons

By |2016-12-03T21:55:06-07:00May 25th, 2012|Oregon Prison Project|

I have been repeatedly struck that teaching NVC in Oregon prisons is about working with tragedy, and never so much as last night. We were hearing the story of a man whose father had repeatedly raped and brutalized him as a child. He was in prison because he had killed someone who he discovered was [...]

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