Deer Ridge Presents: "12 Angry Men"

Saturday, 7/14/2018 from 7 p.m. to 7/15/2018 at 8:30 p.m.

Deer Ridge Correctional Institution

Deer Ridge inmates raise the curtains to special production

Actor inmates of the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution will raise the curtains to a pair of special performances of the classic film “12 Angry Men,” on July 14 and 15, both at 7 p.m., in partnership with Central Oregon Community College (COCC). This is a free event, though audience members must be 18 years or older and complete a background check by May 30 to attend; contact COCC’s Lani Sykes, at 541-504-2901 or, to initiate a background check.

The production, based on the 1957 film starring Henry Fonda, follows a diverse group of 12 jurors who are brought together to deliberate a seemingly open-and-shut murder case. Months in the making, the prison production received a Jefferson County Cultural Coalition community grant to assist in its development.

According to one of the program’s coordinators, “The actor inmates have used these months of preparation to express themselves artistically, socially and interpersonally. Many of the actors have developed self-confidence through hours of practice. This process has been both therapeutic and educational.”

Prison theater programs, including the Michigan-based Shakespeare Behind Bars program and the Actors’ Gang Prison Project in California, have led to significantly reduced recidivism rates. A 2016 New York magazine piece cited that while California has a recidivism rate of more than 50 percent, a study by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation revealed that the number fell to 10.6 percent when inmates were involved in the Prison Project.

COCC provides educational services to inmates under a contract with the Oregon Department of Corrections. Services include adult basic education classes, GED test preparation, and a college credit program in welding.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) prohibits discrimination. The ADA covers “qualified individuals with disabilities.” Corrections must provide a reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities UNLESS doing so would impose an undue hardship. If you have questions, please contact:

Information: Lani Sykes at 541-504-2901 or

12 Angry Men