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Thursday, May 24, 2012

An Oregon legislative panel voted to spare the jobs of 19 corrections officers and other prison officials.

The Emergency Board scaled back spending cuts affecting the Department of Corrections amid concerns that a plan to cut supervisors would create a dangerous environment.

"The safety of the staff, safety of the inmates, safety of the public is always our No. 1 concern," said Republican Sen. Jackie Winters of Salem.

The agency will still have to lay off 21 managers, but most will likely be administrators. Most of the workers who supervise nurses and corrections officers will be able to keep their jobs.

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