Cameron University to offer presentation on Mabel Bassett Correctional Center cosmetology program

Cameron University’s Criminal Justice Association, a student organization, is pleased to present a program focusing on “Oklahoma’s First Cosmetology School in a Women’s Prison,” on Thursday, November 7. The presentation will feature Christie Luther, founder and executive director of The R.I.S.E. Program, Inc. and will take place in the Shepler Ballroom at 2 p.m.  The event is open to the public at no cost.

Christie Luther“Oklahoma continues to lead the world with the highest incarceration rates for women,” says Luther. “What can we do to help change this dilemma? There are three areas of need:  pre-incarceration diversion, programs and classes during incarceration, and re-entry assistance/aftercare. The R.I.S.E. program is Oklahoma's first cosmetology school in a women's prison and is tackling two of the three areas regarding the prison overpopulation epidemic.”

Luther will share her insight into this groundbreaking program that is changing the lives of incarcerated women. The cosmetology program has been offered at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center since 2017. Through the free program, eligible inmates are trained by licensed cosmetology master instructors. Those who complete the program are eligible to take the Oklahoma Board of Cosmetology test to become a licensed cosmetologist. The R.I.S.E. Program assists with job placement after discharge and family reunification, as well as finding secure housing, closing and other needed resources.

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October 29, 2019