OPB | Jan. 19, 2017
Frank Thompson oversaw the only two executions in the last 50 years in Oregon. Now, he says doing so convinced him that capital punishment was not in the public's best interest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | Dec. 07, 2015
The state has asked counties to reduce the number of people they send to prison.
OPB | Sept. 01, 2015
Long, stressful hours have high costs for Oregon corrections officers.
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.
OPB | April 27, 2015
Inmates at Two Rivers Correctional Institution are training dogs that will soon be eligible for adoption.
OPB | March 26, 2015
THURSDAY: The Vera Institute of Justice is bringing their Safe Alternatives to Segregation (SAS) initiative program to Oregon.
OPB | Feb. 25, 2015
TUESDAY: A new documentary focuses on a unique parenting program being phased out of the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
OPB | Dec. 26, 2014
FRIDAY: We revisit our show from inside the Oregon State Penitentiary where we learned about the College Inside program.
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.
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.
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."
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.
OPB | Aug. 13, 2014
WEDNESDAY: Portland-based photo blogger, Pete Brook curates photography about American prisons.
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.
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.