The latest proposal would allow jails seeking to create or expand medication treatment programs to apply for grants from a $10 million fund. It has bipartisan support and the backing of public health advocates and some in law enforcement.
Seven out of every 10 adults in the Oregon Department of Corrections have abused drugs or alcohol, and one out of five are classified as having severe mental health issues. People who are released from custody are 10 times more likely overdose on opioids than the general public. These are among the many challenges facing the new director of the Department of Corrections, Mike Reese, who took over the job late last year. Reese spoke to OPB's Dave Miller about his philosophy for the job.
Washington lawmakers are getting ready to tackle big topics in 2024, including undoing harm caused by long or life prison sentences. Charles Longshore has spent months crafting a bill to make a small but significant change as part of that effort.