Adam Carpinelli interviews folks from Bridgeworks Oregon about their most recent book project "Prisons Have a Long Memory." Sterling Cunio is a spoken word poet and author who dedicated life to the service of others while inside the Oregon Department of Corrections where he served nearly 28 years before being released for outstanding reformation. Sterling was a founder of the Restorative Justice Program within Oregon State Penitentiary which focused primarily on reducing harms and transforming both the street and prison culture through the use of arts, education, community engagement and conflict resolution. While incarcerated Sterling mentored countless others in positive transformation and supported them in becoming change agents as credible messengers living their amends. He works as the Program Coordinator for Willamette University’s Transformative Justice Initiative. Kyle Hedquist, Policy and Outreach Associate with Oregon Justice Resource Center. During his twenty-eight years served, he earned over ninety credits with the University of Oregon, worked as a hospice volunteer, and served as president of Toastmasters, 7th Step Club, and the Lifers’ Unlimited Club. He serves as a board member of Bridgeworks Oregon and was a Toastmasters Leadership Series facilitator. In March 2022, Governor Kate Brown granted him clemency, and shortly after he was released.
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