The Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem is the oldest prison in Oregon and the only maximum security institution currently operated by the Oregon Department of Corrections.

The Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem is the oldest prison in Oregon and the only maximum security institution currently operated by the Oregon Department of Corrections.

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  • What can Oregon’s criminal justice system learn from Norway? Corrections officials and state lawmakers visited Norway a couple of years ago. And then last year, 14 Oregon corrections officials and officers visited a Norwegian prison in a unique kind of exchange program. Heidi Steward and Toby Tooley are among those sharing their findings at the Justice Reinvestment Summit in Salem this week. We sit down with them at the summit to get their takeaways and learn about the kinds of changes they want to make right away in Oregon. We also talk with Kim Ekhaugen of the Norwegian Correctional Service, who is in Salem to share with Oregon corrections officials  how Norway treats inmates with behavioral and mental health issues, one of the most difficult populations to handle.

 

  

  • Oregon’s oldest craft brewery recently announced it is closing its doors next month. BridgePort Brewing cited declining sales, distribution and revenue among the reasons for its closure. The announcement follows closures from Widmer Brothers, Burnside Brewing and others. Karl Ockert, one of the founders of BridgePort Brewing, joins us to talk about the state of the craft brewing industry.

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