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News Roundtable | Suicides In Prison | Train Whistles In La Grande

OPB | Broadcast: April 14, 2017

We discuss some of the biggest stories of the week. Then, we look into a spike in inmate suicides in Washington. We'll also hear about an effort to silence train whistles in La Grande.

Washington State's Special Commitment Center Faces New Challenge

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 9, 2015

The center houses people deemed to be violent sexual predators who have served their sentences, but whom a judge has found likely to reoffend.

Union Members Voice Concern Over Correctional Officers' Working Conditions

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 1, 2015

Long, stressful hours have high costs for Oregon corrections officers.

Oregon Considers Prison Alternatives For Parents

OPB | Broadcast: May 18, 2015

A bill in the Oregon Legislature would set up a pilot program like one in Washington that offers an alternative to prison for some offenders who have children.

Possible Changes Ahead For The Oregon Youth Authority

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Lawmakers heard a report this week about a possible reorganization of the state's youth correction system.

Oregon Has the Lowest Percentage of Prisoners Serving Maximum Sentences

OPB | Broadcast: June 5, 2014

THURSDAY: A study by The Pew Charitable Trusts found that less than half a percent of state prisoners serve their maximum sentence.

Oregon Counties Abandon Immigration Hold Policies

OPB | Broadcast: April 22, 2014

MONDAY: Counties across Oregon no longer hold people in jail for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement after a judge ruled such holds unconstitutional.

Proposed Law Seeks To Ban "Murderabilia"

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 4, 2014

TUESDAY: A movement in Congress hopes to bar serial killers and other infamous criminals from profiting from the sale of personal artifacts.

A Rocky Year At The Oregon Department Of Corrections

OPB | Broadcast: July 24, 2013

The Oregon Department of Corrections and the related Oregon Corrections Enterprises have had a rocky year.

Reducing Recidivism With Visitation

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 12, 2012

We'll explore how visitation in prisons could help keep Oregon's recidivism rate one of the lowest in the nation.

Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility

OPB | Broadcast: June 8, 2012

From inside Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility we ask inmates: what is happening in prison to make them better citizens when they are released?

Abuse at Coffee Creek Prison

OPB | Broadcast: May 1, 2012

Oregonian investigative reporter Les Zaitz looked into widespread sexual abuse at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

Class in Prison

OPB | Broadcast: April 6, 2012

Have you ever wondered what life is like behind bars?

Sentencing Juvenile Offenders

OPB | Broadcast: March 22, 2012

How should age affect sentencing when juveniles commit murder?

New DOC Director: Colette Peters

OPB | Broadcast: March 12, 2012

Colette Peters started her new job as director of the Oregon Department of Corrections about a month ago. She is the first woman in state history to hold the position.

Max Williams Exits Corrections

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 2, 2012

We'll talk to Max Williams, who has lead the Oregon Department of Corrections since 2004, about his tenure, the state prison system, and his upcoming plans.

Class in Prison

OPB | Broadcast: Dec. 8, 2011

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program takes college students into maximum-security prison to learn with prisoners. We'll hear from students and past prisoners about the program.

Cutting Across the Board

OPB | Broadcast: June 15, 2010

What will nine percent cuts, across the board, mean for state services in Oregon?

Writing Love Songs

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 15, 2010

What are the challenges of writing about love?