Oregon Projects Population Growth in 2012

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.

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