Essay by Santahna October 2014

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NORCOR (Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility)

While I was in NORCOR, I learned several things about myself and what I am capable of. I learned obedience from the staff, I learned to like to read, and I learned that when I am around tough people I put on a front, I try to act tough. The ways I learned obedience were through having to get up at 5:30 am and go to sleep (8:00 pm) at the same time every day, never talking in my cell or in line formation, never touching doors, and always saying excuse me sir or ma'am while walking past staff or through a door way. While in NORCOR I had school daily, reading was my escape. I also realized that I was smarter than the other kids that were there because of my experience at TVCS.

South Salem High School

My mom always told me that I gave into peer pressure easily, but I didn't really notice it until I came to South.

My mom would also tell me that I acted out and did anything for attention, but I would deny it and say, no that's just how I act. I now realize that the reasons I showed off and stole for others was to get their attention. When I went to South High I was ahead of most of my classmates, because I was repeating from previous years at TVCS.

I-GO Home

While I was in my I-GO placement home, I lived with two others girls. As one girl moved out or ran away another one would come in and take her place. While I was in that home seven girls ran away, some coming back and some going to a harsher placement. When I watched the girls run I chose to stay...