Tuesday, 21 September 2021
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Meet The Woman Changing Prison Return Rates — Through Beauty

Getting Into Prison
The cosmetology school I went to in Salem, Oregon, didn’t teach its students how to do textured hair. But I wanted to learn, so after some asking around, I ended up training with the cosmetology teacher at the local men’s prison. Years later, I heard that they needed an instructor, and I ended up getting a job there. I worked there for five years until it closed due to budget cuts. In 2002, I applied at Portland Community College, which is the contractor for vocational training at Coffee Creek, and I was hired to start the cosmetology program. There were a lot of programs for men at the time, but there weren’t any for women. We started from scratch: Just a room and a chair.

Source: https://www.refinery29.com/prison-beauty-school

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