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Landscapes Of Violence | Prison Population | Gun Owners | Senior Softball

OPB | Oct. 10, 2017 noon

A local painter depicts locations of violence in America. The prison population may be going down because of a new law. A hunter in Bend says gun owners need to advocate for gun control. And a Portlander is headed to the World Senior Games for softball.

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Oregon Inmates To Build Nation's 1st Healing Garden Behind Prison Walls

OPB | Sept. 20, 2017 11:06 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Members of an official Oregon State Penitentiary-sanctioned Asian Pacific Family Club will work on building what would be the first solar-powered healing garden inside a U.S. prison.

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Parents In Prison | Public Records | Campus Sexual Assault Policy

OPB | Sept. 19, 2017 noon

We learn about Oregon's Bill of Rights for children of incarcerated parents, a public records lawsuit filed against the Washington legislature and a new University of Oregon policy related to sexual assault allegations.

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News Roundtable | Levees | Tattoo Removal

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 noon

Fires, earthquakes and hurricanes ... we hear about a different potential disaster: Portland's old levee system. Also, we learn about a group that helps people get rid of tattoos, and we get analysis from our news roundtable.

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Washington: 14 Serving Life Without Parole For Crimes Committed As Minors

AP | July 31, 2017 6:40 a.m. | Olympia, Washington

In Washington state, the Department of Corrections says 14 inmates are still serving life without parole for crimes committed while they were juveniles.

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5 Oregonians Serving Life Without Parole For Crimes Committed As Minors

AP | July 31, 2017 6:32 a.m. | Portland

Court records show Oregon still has five men serving true-life sentences for crimes committed as minors.

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Rebroadcast: Life And Forgiveness After 21 Years In Prison

OPB | June 19, 2017 noon

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

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2 Inmates Who Escaped Washington Minimum Security Prison Captured

Northwest News Network | June 11, 2017 9:57 a.m.

Two inmates who escaped from a minimum security work camp near Olympia were captured Sunday afternoon in Capitol State Forest.

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Washington Inmate Held 3 1/2 Years Past Release Date

Northwest News Network | May 7, 2017 1:45 p.m.

A Washington state prison inmate was accidentally held 3 1/2 years beyond his release date. The error was discovered last month.

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After Early Release Scandal, Washington Governor Appoints Agency Veteran To Lead Corrections

Northwest News Network | April 25, 2017 3:06 p.m.

Washington state has a new secretary of Corrections. Stephen Sinclair has been with the department for 28 years. Most recently he was in charge of the...

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

OPB | April 14, 2017 noon

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.

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Washington's Herrera Beutler Says More Beds Needed At County Jails

OPB | April 13, 2017 5:22 p.m.

Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler calls for more beds and better services for inmates at Clark County Jail.

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Prison Fight Spurs Lockdown At Oregon State Penitentiary

AP | April 10, 2017 8:34 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

The fight happened Sunday night in a recreation area at the Salem prison that houses more than 2,000 men.

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'The Four Top': Restaurateurs Under Trump | Whence The Midsize American Farm? | Institutional Eating

OPB | April 10, 2017 6:30 a.m.

Are restaurateurs pro- or anti-Trump? Where did midsize American farms go? And is there anything worse than hospital food? Oh .... right ... prison food.

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Pierce County, Washington, Sues Jail's Health Care Provider

AP | April 1, 2017 2:32 p.m. | Seattle

Pierce, Cowlitz, Clark and Kitsap are among the counties facing lawsuits that allege inmates received poor or questionable medical care while being held at the jails.

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Private Prison Study | Clark County Farmland | AG On Sanctuary | Japanese Garden Opening

OPB | March 30, 2017 noon

A study on private prisons, a look at farmland in Clark County, an attempt to understand how the federal government will respond to sanctuary states and a preview of the new Japanese garden.

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Idaho Inmates Seek Penalty Over Health Care Violations

AP | March 25, 2017 10:18 a.m. | Boise

Idaho inmates are asking a federal judge to penalize the state after saying prison officials repeatedly violated a settlement plan in a long-running lawsuit over health care.

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Oregon Bill Would Limit Solitary Confinement Of Youth Offenders

OPB | Feb. 8, 2017 3:13 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would officially limit solitary confinement in Oregon Youth Authority facilities.

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Former OSP Superintendent Says Execution As State Policy Isn't Justified

OPB | Jan. 19, 2017 noon | Portland

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.

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Obama Grants Clemency To 2 Oregonians

OPB | Jan. 18, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Portland

President Barack Obama’s latest act of clemency included two Oregonians in prison on drug charges.