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News Roundtable | Elliott State Forest | Solitary Confinement in Oregon

OPB | Dec. 02, 2016

We discuss some big stories this week on our news roundtable, learn more about the sale of the Elliott State Forest and hear about efforts to reduce the use of solitary confinement in Oregon prisons.

Endorsements | Transgender In Prison | August Wilson's Widow

OPB | Oct. 24, 2016

Three newspaper editors tell us who their papers endorsed, and why. Also, we learn about the treatment of transgender people in prison, and we talk to playwright August Wilson's widow about his autobiographical play, now running in Portland.

News Roundtable | Women In Prison | Lung Cancer And Depression

OPB | Oct. 14, 2016

We discuss some of the biggest stories of the week. Then, we hear about overcrowding at Oregon's only women's prison, and we hear about how depression affects the mortality rate of lung cancer patients.

Released: Life And Forgiveness After 21 Years In Prison

OPB | Aug. 17, 2016

Marc Trice spent 21 years in prison for a murder he committed when he was 15. We ask him about life on the outside. The sister of his victim tells us about what his release has been like for her.

Reducing The Prison Population

OPB | Dec. 07, 2015

The state has asked counties to reduce the number of people they send to prison.

Union Members Voice Concern Over Correctional Officers' Working Conditions

OPB | Sept. 01, 2015

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

Oregon Considers Prison Alternatives For Parents

OPB | 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.

Dog Training Program In Oregon Prison

OPB | April 27, 2015

Inmates at Two Rivers Correctional Institution are training dogs that will soon be eligible for adoption.

Reducing Solitary Confinement In Oregon

OPB | March 26, 2015

THURSDAY: The Vera Institute of Justice is bringing their Safe Alternatives to Segregation (SAS) initiative program to Oregon.

Department of Corrections Cutting Parenting Program For Incarcerated Mothers

OPB | Feb. 25, 2015

TUESDAY: A new documentary focuses on a unique parenting program being phased out of the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

Listening Back To College In Prison

OPB | Dec. 26, 2014

FRIDAY: We revisit our show from inside the Oregon State Penitentiary where we learned about the College Inside program.

Federal Judge Says Secular Humanism Is A Religion

OPB | Nov. 07, 2014

FRIDAY: A federal judge ruled that a case brought by a prison inmate who identifies as a secular humanist can go forward.

U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 Fall Term Begins

OPB | Oct. 06, 2014

MONDAY: We'll talk with U.S. Supreme Court watcher Lisa McElroy about the start of the new term this week.

Peyton Marshall Imagines A Chilling Future In "Goodhouse"

OPB | Sept. 30, 2014

TUESDAY: In her debut novel "Goodhouse," Portland writer Peyton Marshall imagines a world where boys with certain genetic markers for violent tendencies are sent to prison-like boarding schools to learn "right-thinking."

Pressure Mounts For Oregon To Use "Qualified" Interpreters For Deaf Inmates

OPB | Sept. 22, 2014

MONDAY: National advocacy groups for the deaf and hard of hearing are urging the Oregon Department of Corrections to stop using fellow inmates as interpreters.

Examining America's Prisons One Photo At A Time

OPB | Aug. 13, 2014

WEDNESDAY: Portland-based photo blogger, Pete Brook curates photography about American prisons.

Clemency Offers Little Relief For Washington's Prison System

OPB | July 29, 2014

TUESDAY: As the prison population continues to grow, and older inmates put stress on the system, clemency is a narrow avenue for relief.

Oregon State Agencies To Share Data On At-Risk Kids

OPB | July 08, 2014

TUESDAY: We'll learn more about a new initiative that will pool data among to identify risk factors for kids in Oregon's juvenile justice system.

Going To College Inside Prison

OPB | June 12, 2014

THURSDAY: During finals week, we go inside the Oregon State Penitentiary to find out about the College Inside program.

Oregon Has the Lowest Percentage of Prisoners Serving Maximum Sentences

OPB | June 05, 2014

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