Oregon’s population of female prisoners keeps growing, and the state’s running out of space to put them.

Oregon’s population of female prisoners keeps growing, and the state’s running out of space to put them. The Department of Corrections was poised to ask the Legislature’s Emergency Board to allocate an additional $5.2M to reopen the Oregon State Penitentiary Minimum facility for women. That would have been on top of $1 million that was already set aside for the opening. But at the eleventh hour, DOC Director Collette Peters delayed the decision until December, announcing that she hoped other measures, including Justice Reinvestment, would further hold down inmate population growth.

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