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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWith all the styles, colors, and options available, selecting the right window treatments can seem overwhelming. That’s why we have four tips to help you choose the perfect window coverings for your new place.

Don’t start with the cost: With custom window coverings, there is always a range of pricing that is influenced by add-on features, luxury finishes, and fabric styles. Chances are that no style of window covering is unattainable, even on a budget.

Determine what your windows need to do: Is you major concern blocking sunlight or preserving a captivating view? Is energy efficiency an important issue for you? Do you need a child-safe, cordless covering? Answering questions such as these can help point you in the direction of the right window covering type.

Define your decorating styles: Are your furnishings traditional, contemporary, or a combination of styles? Are your rooms neutral and calming or colorful and energizing? Do you prefer vibrant prints and geometrics or solid colors in intriguing textures? Define your style, and you’ll begin to see it shine through in your new home.

Give us a call!: With Budget Blinds you get a free, in-home consultation with a Style Consultant who can help translate your needs, style preferences, and budget into beautiful window coverings. You can see how samples of treatments, colors, fabrics, and finishes coordinate with your wall colors and furniture, taking the guesswork out of dressing your windows. Call us at 503-590-4333 to set up your in-home consultation.

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonFor those suffering from dementia, home can come with a lot of “no” answers, all with good reasons from the family’s point of view. “No, honey, you can’t go out there alone.” “No, that’s not safe.” ”No, you can’t use that/do that/ go there!” People with memory issues may feel limited in their own home.

“They may feel like people are always whispering about them behind their back,” says Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson. This can be frustrating from the senior’s point of view and certainly add to the paranoia and restlessness, since emotions are still intact.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care is being created to give all “yes” answers through the building design and staff training. Sunnyside Meadows provides a safe, non-restricted environment. The four neighborhoods have been thoughtfully designed for dementia and encourage residents to keep their minds and bodies active.

Every area presents a “Yes, go there, play there, wander there, and enjoy!” Stations are set up with interactive, hands-on life experience reminders, such as baseball cards, pipe fitting pieces, hats and necklaces, puzzles, games, an office or an art project.

Residents feel capable and purposeful when they participate and succeed in activities. Each aspect of the day has been centered on their well-being from the smell of freshly baked bread, to freedom to walk the many patios.

Models are now open for touring and seeing the “Yes”! Call Marie Nicholson at 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your tour.

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonHappy Valley will be welcoming a new memory care community, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care, as the doors open this fall. Sunnyside Meadows invites the community to come “feel the warmth” and tour as models are open now!

Led by Administrator Pepsi LaCamp, an experienced and respected industry insider, and Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson, each 14-18 resident neighborhood at Sunnyside Meadows is named after an Oregon river. Featuring both private and companion apartments, each neighborhood supports interactive life stations, individualized activity programs, and a specialized environment for memory loss.

Not a corporate conglomerate, but a family-owned, local business, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care features a unique dementia neighborhood. The serene setting provides intimate areas for family visits and enclosed courtyards with safe walking paths.

Specially selected staff will be supervised by a full-time R.N. and L.P.N. resident care coordinator. The care team’s goal will be to meet the spoken and unspoken needs of residents with a can-do, positive spirit.  Call Marie Nicholson to tour 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWhen it comes to your home’s safety, you can never be too careful. We’ve already discussed some of the stylish and creative cordless window fashions for your home that are ideal when living with children and pets. Whether it’s the classic look of shutters, the versatility of shades, or any other cordless window covering, there are a number of great window treatments available that make your home a safer place.

If you’re still living with cords, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure a safe environment for you and your loved ones:

  • Move cribs, beds, or other furniture that children can climb on away from windows.
  • Keep all cords as short as possible and out of a child’s reach.
  • Be sure continuous-loop cords are firmly secured to the wall or floor to prevent a child or pet from becoming entangled.
  • Spring-assisted clutches can be installed to raise and lower window coverings, replacing cords.
  • Break-away tassels are designed to break apart under minimal stress to prevent entanglement.
  • Cord stops restrict how far internal ladder cords can be pulled from a blind or shade, eliminating the possibility of a loop big enough to fit over a child’s head.
  • Cord cleats safely secure cords up and away from a child’s reach.
  • Let Budget Blinds translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home. For a free, in-home consultation, call us at 503-590-4333 today!

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    BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieStatistics show that an average of one serious injury or fatality occurs each month from blind cord strangulation, both of which are highly avoidable. Cordless window treatments can help make your home a safer place for family and pets. These coverings offer both stylish fashions as well as elimination of cords, allowing you to design as creatively as you would like to.

    Wood, faux wood, composite, and honeycomb blinds are just a few of the options that can be made cordless, either through motorization or through wand-controlled operation of louvers, both of which eliminate dangerous, dangling cords.

    Shades are the most versatile window treatment, offering a wide variety of styles, color options, fabrics and material choices. Best of all, shades can be cordless or motorized making them ideal window coverings for those with children and/or pets in their homes and/or businesses.

    Another option to consider are shutters. Shutters are an incredible window treatment offering clean, crisp lines that complement all décor styles. Shutters are great for arched, rounded, and other unique window shapes that can be a challenge to address. All shutters are custom made from both premium wood and composite materials and they are always cordless.

    If you are ready to make your home safer for those you love, call us at 503-590-4333 for a free, in-home consultation. We can translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home.

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    Brought to you by John Sciarra - Bernard's Garage - AUTO REPAIR INSIDER -


    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John Sciarra Before you hit the open road this summer, run through the Bernard’s Garage Road Trip Checklist to lower your chances of getting sidelined by vehicle troubles.

    Check your tires: Are your tires at the correct pressure? How much tread do your tires have left? How even is the tire wear? Tires are the most common component of vehicles to fail, so make sure yours are in good condition

    Make a road trip playlist: There’s nothing worse than the static of a radio with no service, so burn a CD or create an mp3 playlist with your favorite jams to keep the good times rolling.

    Check your different engine fluids: If your transmission fluid isn’t pinkish and almost clear, have it drained and changed out. Check to make sure you have the proper amount of coolant in your cooling system. And change out the oil and air filter in your engine. The improved fuel economy alone is reason enough.

    Bring some good snacks: There’s nothing worse than a car full of hungry people yelling at each other. Grab a couple of bottles of water per person, and have foods like trail mix, granola bars, bananas, and jerky handy for when hunger strikes

    Stop by Bernard’s Garage: At Bernard’s Garage, vehicle safety is our number one concern. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can help ensure your vehicle is running smoothly before your trip. Give us a call, check out the website, or stop by today!

    Bernard’s Garage

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    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's here and your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

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    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

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    John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's right around the corner and your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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    Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -


    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraSummer's imminent arrival means your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing cold, the system may need to be recharged.

    Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, until researchers found it caused ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in vehicles built after 1994. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on an air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of periphery components at the same time.

    Why? The easy answer is working on an air conditioning system is about as fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    To avoid draining your refrigerant, removing your compressor, installing a new unit and refilling the system with new cool stuff — only to have you come back in a week and say it's still not cold enough — it makes sense to replace the necessary components.

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    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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    Brought to you by Mike Nielsen of Snap Fitness - FITNESS INSIDER -


    SNAP FITNESS - Mike NielsenAs the inspirational saying goes, “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”

    While it’s true that starting a fitness routine can be difficult, I offer the following tips to get you in the gym door and on the road to good health.

    Assessment — New SNAP Fitness clients receive a free jump-start session, including consultation with a trainer. The assessment determines the client’s baseline, helps us guide their first steps, and is an opportunity to discuss adding personal training.

    Cardio — The national recommendation for exercise for all ages and fitness levels is to get to the gym at least three days per week, and to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per visit. Working out with a friend will make it more fun, help you feel more accountable, help you stay at the gym for more months and achieve a higher level of success.

    Strength training is key to replacing fat with muscle, becoming leaner, stronger and improving balance. Do two to three sessions of strength training per week.

    Nutritional guidelines — Instead of eating three large meals per day, eat five to six small meals. This will fuel your energy throughout the day and avoid post-meal sluggishness. Also drink 96 ounces of water daily.

    Online help — SNAP has a complete online nutritional program and training center. Free with membership, it provides a personalized workout plan, sample menus and a complete library of instruction videos.

    Snap Fitness

    Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.

    503-353-7627

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    Mike Nielsen, Snap FitnessStrength training is an essential part of an exercise program, even for someone who hasn’t been active in a while.

    Lifting weights, using weight machines and doing core work increases muscle mass and bone density.

    As we age, our muscles deteriorate (called sarcopenia) and bone density decreases.

    Research shows that seniors are more susceptible to bone breakage that younger adults. As people age, their metabolism slows down. We are seeing more and more seniors joining gyms.

    If we take the average adult between the ages of 40 and 50 and do basic strength-training three to four times per week for 90 days, the outcome can be life-changing.

    Here’s a myth-buster: Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat! A pound is a pound. 

    Muscle is, however, more dense than body fat and takes up less area than fat. If you were to start an exercise program complete with strength training, you would increase your lean body mass and decrease body fat.

    The body takes up less space and metabolism speeds up, resulting in a higher BMR (base metabolic rate, the amount of daily caloric intake needed to maintain LBM and weight.) This reverses sarcopenia and increases bone density.   

    Not everyone walks into a gym and knows exactly what to do. Snap gives new members an opportunity to meet with a Certified Personal Trainer, who assesses their body and their goals. 

    Let’s get started.

    Snap Fitness

    Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.

    503-353-7627

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    Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTO MAINTENANCE INSIDER


    John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageRegular maintenance on your car is, quite simply, a good investment.

    For example, when you bring your car in for a timing belt — typically needed at 90,000 to 100,000 miles— it costs in the range of $400 to $500. But if it breaks, it might be $1,800 to $2,000.

    At our shop, when we do it, we do it right. With the timing belt, we also replace the timing belt tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft seals, water pump and coolant.

    Mileage interval maintenance, which is only done by shops, should be done at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

    The ideal scenario is to get the car into the shop about three times per year for inspections, which will find things like rodent damage, which is more common than you might think. It’s mainly squirrels in this area.

    An inspection will also uncover leaking coolant or oil, as well as plugged-up air filters. Once a year, you should get a brake inspection.

    We do complete automotive repair, including pre-purchase inspections for $150. That’s a comprehensive inspection, which can detect unforeseen problems and save you from buying a compromised vehicle.

    Our average cost for an oil change is $38; $58 for a brake inspection.

    It’s a small investment. We do it properly and can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the road.

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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    CCC class provides opportunity to work with prison inmates


    by: PHOTO COURTESY OF PATTY SALAZAR - Clackamas students talk to Titus (far right) about his duties in the woodshop where he works with other MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility residents. The residents get paid to make pallets for local business and other wood products they make are sent to the Army.Wednesday afternoons this year have seen several Clackamas Community College students put behind bars. Not for crimes committed, but in the name of education. They attend Criminal Justice 199 alongside inmate students at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn.

    Abe Rios, a program director and assistant superintendent at the facility, and a few of the inmates gave CCC students and their instructor, Ida Flippo, a tour of MacLaren before one of those class sessions, which conclude this week with spring term finals. The first stop was where the inmates actually live.

    “Kincaid is a different program from what you will see in other living units. It’s not the same; this is more of a higher end youth that do fairly well on campus,” Rios said. “They pretty much take care of business. (They are) involved in college courses, full-time work or doing some kind of academic work.”

    The comfortable and relaxed atmosphere in the Kincaid Unit was not the steel and concrete fortress with armed guards one would expect at a youth detention facility. Widescreen televisions, couches and even computer access for homework were available for the prisoners’ use. Inmates in the unit have more privileges because of good behavior and have the opportunity to enroll in college classes.

    Only first names of inmates were provided for this story. Noah is an inmate who resides at Kincaid and is also a student in CJA-199. Residents in the Kincaid Unit enjoy more privileges than the average inmate at MacLaren.

    “This is a self-managing unit. The idea is that we are old enough now and we’ve shown that we can earn the responsibility to take care of ourselves and we don’t have to be micro managed every minute,” Noah said.

    Stephan, a MacLaren resident, has completed 82 college credits at Lane Community College, not including CJA-199 at Clackamas. All of his college coursework has been completed while incarcerated. He plans to have an associate degree by the end of this term. His goal is to enroll at Oregon State University and obtain a degree in human resources.

    “My whole purpose in going to school is to better my surroundings that I came from; because it’s (gang/drug life) just a cycle and I don’t want any part of keeping that cycle going. Someone’s got to stop it,” Stephan said.

    Real college experience

    The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program works with institutions of higher learning and correctional systems to deepen the conversation about and transform approaches to understanding crime, justice, freedom, inequality and other issues of social concern. More information about the program can be found at insideoutoregon.com

    The spring schedule of classes describes CJA-199, Inside Corrections, as bringing a group of students from CCC together with a group of residents of a correctional facility to gain a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system through the marriage of theoretical knowledge and practical experience achieved by weekly meetings at the facility. Students will explore ideas about crime and justice, the criminal justice system, corrections and incarceration.

    The four-credit class was held at the correctional facility most Wednesdays this spring from 1 to 4:50 p.m. The learning experience is an opportunity for criminal justice and corrections students to see their field from the inside.

    Across the correctional campus, the students gathered in the facility’s educational buildings in a classroom. Students discussed the tour of the grounds and how it made them feel.

    “Is there anything you want to talk about that stuck out?” Flippo asked the class.

    Danna, a CCC student, replied: “I like all the different work opportunities. I didn’t realize all the different opportunities that they (inmates) have.”

    Although the inmates at MacLaren can take online classes, CJA-199 gives them a chance to experience education more traditionally.

    “The inside students really appreciated this opportunity because it gave them more of a real college experience than just communicating online with their instructors or with their fellow students,” Flippo said.

    Inmates and CCC students were asked the following questions about their experiences in CJA-199:

    What will you take with you from Inside-Out?

    How, if at all, has Inside-Out changed you?

    What would you tell a friend about Inside-Out?

    What has Inside-Out meant to you?

    Adam: I will take away the ability to see the law from the perspective of the inside students. It is an experience you have to see to believe. I will become a cop, and have found the experience valuable in many ways.

    Amy: When I began this course as an “outside” student, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I had not previously spent any time with anyone who had been incarcerated. I was a little nervous and apprehensive, but have realized that if I hadn’t met these young men inside a correctional facility I never would have been able to the tell the difference between the “inside” and outside students. This class has been invaluable to me. It has given me more insight than an entire term full of standard corrections classes could give me based on the interaction and insight from the inside students. We all have a stake in the future of the correctional system, whether we are eventually being released from it, have a future career in it, or just become a regular citizen who is also affected by it. I hope this course will give us all a deeper knowledge of different opinions, and a new found respect for everyone’s opinion, even if it is different than our own.

    Andrew: I will take away the knowledge that was shared between the class. It has given me a better outlook on the criminal justice system. Inside out has meant a new start and beginning, and an understanding of others’ outlooks. Great class.

    Ben: I will take the knowledge as well as the reasons behind everybody’s thinking. It changed my way of thinking. it opened my eyes. It is a great way to learn, not only about the subject in general, but also the inside students. It is fun. It gave me a chance to open up and listen to what they had to say instead of what media had to say.

    Beverly: I will take with me a positive attitude, and will advocate for more classes and opportunities. It has given me an open opinion of inside students, and opportunities for them. It was an awesome opportunity to get information from both sides of the criminal justice system. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this class, and would be interested in other classes as well.

    Cindy: I will take with me a lot more knowledge about corrections; also a look on the inside. It gives me a better perspective of inside corrections—what all goes into it. It is a great opportunity to take this class if you are going into the criminal justice program. It gave me more knowledge about the career path that I am taking. Great class. Enjoyed both inside and outside students. Also enjoyed the teachers. Great opportunity.

    Danna: Great lessons from class and small group discussions, fond memories, and a greater sense of self-awareness. This class helped me learn how to explain my past struggles in a more positive light. This was a very unique and eye-opening experience that I would highly recommend anyone coming into this field to take. This experience has meant so much to me, and I will continue to carry these lessons and memories with me forever. This class has not only helped me understand corrections better than I did before; it helped immensely with my personal growth.

    Felicia: I’ve learned a lot about the criminal justice system, from an inside perspective. I now know how many flaws our criminal justice system has, and a little bit about how it works inside a correctional facility. Inside-Out has helped me to throw out the stereotypical way of thinking that all incarcerated people deserve to be locked up and are bad people. I now know that some are just normal people who made a mistake in life, and everyone makes mistakes. I’m very grateful to have been a part of this group.

    Griffin: I will take with me the experience I gained from being in an active classroom and knowledge I gained through other peers. It kind of changed my thinking about certain aspects of the criminal justice system. It opened my eyes on a lot of problems with prisons. It was a good experience, and I enjoyed it. It meant a change in learning and breaking barriers to the community’s involvement with people who are incarcerated.

    Jeff: I think I have gained more empathy for juvenile offenders. It is a very important class to take if you are going to work in this field. It gave me a better understanding of what juvenile offenders go through in the facility and how they feel.

    Kayla: This program has given me an appreciation and awareness of: the barriers incarceration creates and the domination of united experiences shared by all, Inside and Out. I will take with me the motivation and faith to push for the resources and changes needed to expose the united experiences and alter the perceptions and negative projections currently experienced by those who are incarcerated. Inside-Out has changed my perspective of: the proposed purpose of the prison system and my misconceptions that offenders receive an abundance of amenities while incarcerated. The reality is that so many more resources are needed in order to produce the “change” society wants to see. Inside-Out is an experience that will alter your perceptions and change the way you interact and approach those in your community. It is an opportunity to experience and learn from other people’s experiences the realities and barriers from both sides of the fence. Inside-Out is an experience that provides a meaningful learning opportunity that a textbook could never capture.

    Marino: I have learned a great deal and the program has definitely broadened my perspective in the criminal justice system. The data the book presented was unbelievable and very informative. The different people involved made the program more diverse and brought a significant amount of input from both sides. I believe the Inside-Out program was very useful because it gave good insights in terms of risk factors involved and the rate of recidivism and how they classify offenders, but most important was the reason why some offenders were still coming back into the prisons. The knowledge now will be useful. I believe everyone in the system should take this program so that they can receive the proper education about prisons and take a step towards recover and integrating back into their community.

    Noah: I will take a way a deeper understanding of the criminal justice practice. It is a great opportunity to grown mentally through a positive group environment. It has been a chance to change any preexisting stereotypes. The teachers are awesome!

    Robert: I will take away the interaction in a classroom setting. It has given me a new perspective and more to now look at. I would tell others that it is an experiment, and gives a new meaning and depth. Shannon: It was a great experience. It has helped me change the way I view the justice system. It’s a class I would recommend for everyone.

    Stacey P: This class has given me a new way of seeing the system—a lens that brings into focus the distorted stereotypes and myths. Inside-Out has opened my eyes to so many new perspectives about our criminal justice system. I would tell others to take advantage of a life changing experience. I think by hearing perspectives from those experiencing the system first hand, it will help me in my career as a counselor in the future. Awesome class.

    Stacy: I will take with me a respect for the inside students as individuals, as students. It was a great experience that made me want to work harder to be a part of the juvenile system. It has given me the opportunity to open my mind to the supposed “juvenile criminals,” and not be so judgmental. It has been an honor to learn about corrections from these individuals who are living inside these walls every day. Their views are necessary to start making changes in our system and creating real justice.

    Susan: From this class I will take a very different perspective. These inside students are genuine people that made unfortunate mistakes at some point in their lives. They are working very hard to change society’s perception of the typical “juvenile delinquent.” I am impressed with the effort that they are exerting. At the beginning I was very nervous. TI think most of us were. It took one class to change that. My entire opinion of how the criminal justice system “should” function has changed. This class has been the most rewarding for me in my two years as a criminal justice student. If you have the opportunity to take it, it’s well worth it. I would take it again. Inside-Out has meant to me that we all have something to learn from each other, regardless of our “social status.” We’re all human. We all make mistakes. What matters is how you attempt to recover from your mistakes. Stephen: I will take away the sense of acceptance from this little community, because for so long I felt unwanted by society for the crime I committed. Not only has it broadened my horizon of the criminal justice system’s positive end and flaws, it has stopped my stereotypical judgments of free citizens not wanting to get to know who is incarcerated. Not too many things can change my stubborn mind, but this class has altered my thinking in a positive way. Taylor: I’ll definitely take away a lot more realities about our system as well as a new perspective on inmates and various topics learned from them like Measure 11. It has changed me a lot. I feel like I just know more in general, and gained a lot of knowledge. It was a worthwhile experience! It has meant a lot to me. I was pretty clueless about the realities of our system. Titus: I will take with me a better understanding of the justice system, and knowing how a regular college class is run. It has helped me get out of my comfort zone, and taught me to open up more. It’s a good experience. It’s not what I expected, and you have to go in with an open mind. It has made me feel better that a group of people can come from the outs and treat me like just another regular person in school.