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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.

Proposed Law Seeks To Ban "Murderabilia"

OPB | Feb. 04, 2014

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

Katherine Ann Power's Path To Peace

OPB | Nov. 01, 2013

FRIDAY: Katherine Ann Power was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list for 14 years. She made a new life for herself in Lebanon, OR before deciding to turn herself in.

News Roundtable: May 24, 2013

OPB | May 24, 2013

We'll review the biggest national and regional news stories of the week.

Crime Rates Increasing In Medford

OPB | March 26, 2013

Crime is on the rise in Medford, Oregon. Some say increases in drug use and drug trafficking are the biggest causes.

Recommending Criminal Justice Changes

OPB | Dec. 18, 2012

We'll talk with two members of Oregon's Commission on Public Safety about their new recommendations for the state's corrections system.

Abuse at Coffee Creek Prison

OPB | May 01, 2012

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