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Reducing The Prison Population


An inmate sleeps in a cell at the Josephine County Jail.

An inmate sleeps in a cell at the Josephine County Jail.

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There are too many people being sent to prison in Oregon. Unless counties can sentence fewer inmates, the state will have to spend $9 million dollars to expand Deer Ridge Correctional Institution. And the money to finance the expansion would come from the same pot of money that is currently funding programs to keep people out of prison.

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