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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  • Thirty years ago, Oregon Department of Corrections director Michael Francke was murdered. Frank Gable — the man convicted of Francke’s murder — was just released from prison. Michael Francke’s surviving brothers have been some of the strongest advocates for Gable’s release, saying he was wrongly convicted. We’ll talk with Kevin and Patrick Francke about what this dramatic turn of events means to them.

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