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Corrections Audit Finds Conflicts Of Interest

SALEM, Oregon _ An audit has found that the former head of the agency that manages Oregon’s prison industries approved contracts despite clear conflicts of interest.

 The Department of Corrections released the internal audit Thursday.

 The audit follows the firing of Corrections Enterprises Director Rob Killgore in March.

 Auditors told the Statesman Journal newspaper that the contracts benefitted members of the division’s advisory council.

 In one case, the division signed a $165,000  agreement with Portland State University. An advisory council member quit the day the agreement was signed and went to work for the PSU review team.

The auditors recommended further review of existing contracts.

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