Oregon looks at closing multiple prisons

Oregon looks at closing multiple prisons

The Oregon Department of Corrections is considering closing multiple prisons in the state's 14,000-inmate, 14-prison corrections system, going far beyond previously disclosed plans to shut down one Salem facility.

Corrections leaders have drawn up budget-cutting plans that call for mothballing 1,500 to 1,800 beds and laying off 350 to 400 employees.

New corrections director Colette Peters outlined the potential cuts — totaling $17.2 million — in an email sent to all DOC employees late Friday.

Peters said "multiple" prison closures are being considered, but "the department has not identified which institutions or what level of institutions will be deactivated."

 

Read more in today's Statesman Journal.