The Oregonian: Women prisoners in Wilsonville complete college domestic violence course behind bars
Author: Bryan Denson, The Oregonian
Posted: June 20, 2014

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Nine inmates at the Oregon prison for women in Wilsonville, accompanied by 20 Portland State University students, completed a 10-week class on domestic violence inside the lockup's walls last week.

The course focused on causes, frequency, dynamics and the consequences of domestic violence, and examined the culture of violence and the roles of power of inequality, the Oregon Department of Corrections reported.

"The Inside Out program allowed PSU students to attend the class inside the institution with the nine incarcerated students," corrections officials wrote in a news release. "Although the women in custody did not receive college credits for the course, they received a certificate of completion that can be turned in for credit at PSU after their release."


The class took place at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, the state's only prison for women. The grounds also house the state's intake center, which takes in and evaluates all prisoners – male or female – committed to state prisons.