SALEM, Ore. — As the result of $2.5 million in budget cuts, the 176-bed minimum-security prison in Salem shut its doors in late October. The closure of the men’s facility has required 118 prisoners to be transferred to nearby Oregon State Penitentiary.Read more
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s 14,000-inmate prison population will enter a period of significant growth beginning 2012 before leveling off by the end of the decade, according to official projections.
The number of inmates housed under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Department of Corrections is projected to fluctuate around its current level of approximately 14,000 inmates during the next two years, according to the bi-annual report on prison population trends issued by the state’s Office of Economic Analysis.Read more
WASHINGTON — Oregon’s Wayne Lyman Morse U.S. Courthouse and the San Francisco federal building scooped the top architecture honors in the 2008 General Services Administration’s Design Excellence Program.
The GSA’s 2008 biennial design awards, released in March, recognize 18 federal projects with awards and citations for design, art and construction excellence. The Morse courthouse in Eugene, Ore., and San Francisco’s federal building, both designed by Morphosis Architecture, received the architectural honor awards.Read more
In 2005, an exploratory team was formed at Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, Ore., to develop and evaluate a more effective housing solution for vulnerable or at-risk inmates. Based on the findings of the pilot study of the Special Needs Pod program, the SNP is now a permanent fixture at the jail.Read more
After more than 10 years of planning and pauses, Department of Corrections officials unveiled the $190 million Deer Ridge Correctional Institution as the template for the future of corrections in Oregon — a future shaped by growing pressures and shifting challenges, but one defined by the promise of new horizons in programming, sustainabilitRead more