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N400 Part 12 Question - Arts-in-Corrections

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We're filling out my husband's N400 and there are a few questions in the Moral Character section (Part 12, #16) that have me wondering how to answer.

 

 

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16.  Were you EVER a worker, volunteer, or soldier, or did you otherwise EVER serve in any of the following:

  1. Prison or jail?

  2. Prison camp?

  3. Detention facility (a place where people are forced to stay)?

  4. Labor camp (a place where people are forced to work)?

  5. Any other place where people were forced to stay?

 

My husband has been teaching through an Arts-In-Corrections non-profit. He is employed by the non-profit, and they arrange for him to teach music classes in a local correctional facility. According to Wikipedia, the facility he's been going to is classified as a "state prison." 

 

To me, this sounds like he has to answer yes to "Prison or Jail". Of course, the explanation should clear things up, as he's doing a good thing, not bad thing. But this scares me as an automatic red-flag, and also I'm not sure if there's a distinction because his employer is the non-profit, not the prison system itself. It's kind of like janitors who work for a third-party but get sent to a major company's building to clean the cafeteria. They aren't employees of the major company, but they do their work in the building. 

 

Has anyone else dealt with this distinction? 

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The answer is YES it does say Ever and apart from the examples say OTHERWISE even a volunteer would answer yes. Yes the explanation will clear it up. It would be much worse to lie.


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4 hours ago, Thegirl said:

The answer is YES it does say Ever and apart from the examples say OTHERWISE even a volunteer would answer yes. Yes the explanation will clear it up. It would be much worse to lie.

Yup, I ended up answering "Yes", explaining the situation, and then in the area where you can include additional evidence I included screenshots from the official program photographers webpage showing him teaching. Hope it doesn't cause any issues.  

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