Criminal & Juvenile Justice

Inside/Out Prison Exchange: Imagining Justice


This course is taught on the model of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, which brings together college students living in prison (in this case, Coffee Creek Women’s Correctional Facility) with students on the outside. In this unique classroom environment we will focus on the question, “What Is Justice?” The premise of the course is that living a just existence means living imaginatively. “Justice” is not a thing, but an abstract ideal that we must constantly re-envision as we attempt to put it into practice.

How do I transform my own life? How do I transform my community and the world?

Effective Change Agent

There are various community partners for this Capstone. The cooperative learning environment set forth for this class will help students create the ‘learning community’ necessary to achieve the course objectives. This cooperative approach (group activities, assignments and projects) will rely heavily on active participation and will therefore be dependent upon the level of responsibility that the student chooses to take for themself and for their classmates.

Service Coordination Team is multi-agency, multi-faceted program to manage what have been identified as chronic offenders in Multnomah County, Oregon. The purpose of this Capstone is to develop and undertake an evaluation of this program from both a process and outcome perspective. Students will work with all stakeholders in this program at various sites in the community.

Women's Prison Gardens. Students in this Capstone will review, research and reflect on the impact of the incarceration of women, the unique needs of female inmates and the diversity of individuals in correctional facilities through structured activities, required readings, video, dialogue and reflective writing. Through the study of existing prison garden programs, students will develop a model for a garden program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and identify available resources and potential community partners. Working in teams, students will create a presentation on one aspect of a prison garden program.

Juvenile Justice Capstone Group PhotoJuvenile Justice. This Capstone partners with the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, Juvenile Services Division.  Students work together to facilitate a writing/art workshop in juvenile detention. Through your work in the detention facility, as well as through supportive academic activities, you will have the opportunity to deeply explore current issues in juvenile justice.




Social Justice Education for Adolescents is an advanced exploration of diversity and social justice in the United States. Capstone students are provided with a framework for understanding specific forms and the interlocking systems of oppression; exploring how oppression affects our lives; taught teaching and training conceptual frameworks about oppression and diversity; and an application of these ideologies and skills in community settings.

Street Roots: Exploring Issues of Homelessness  In this Capstone students explore and expose various issues surrounding poverty and homelessness through direct contact with non-profits, businesses, government and the homeless community. Students will report and write stories, complete with original photography, for publication in Street Roots, Portland's homeless newspaper.