Salem's prisons have often been blamed for generating crime and social problems in the surrounding city.
To put this claim to the test, the Statesman Journal looked at crime statistics and talked with experts. The findings revealed a mixture of truth and urban myth.
Marion County still has one of the highest rates of people on post-prison supervision in the state. But it’s the county’s approach to criminal justice, not the local prisons, that are behind this statistic.
Read more at The Statesman Journal.