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Legacy Health fires nurse charged with sexually assaulting incarcerated women

Tony Daniel Klein, 37, faces federal charges for allegations that took place in 2016 and 2017 while he worked as a nurse for the Oregon Department of Corrections. In 2018, Legacy Health hired Klein. At the time, Oregon State Police were working on an open investigation into Klein regarding allegations of sexual assault.

A student in PSU's new "Metamorphosis" class at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility looks through a journal back in October. The 15-credit general education course was offered for the first time this year -- because of COVID-19, the class is ending differently than it started.

Program bringing college classes to women’s prison has ‘really, really grown’

In Oregon’s men’s prisons there are a few educational opportunities available. But for those incarcerated at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, there were no college classes offered until 2019. That’s when Portland State University associate professor Deb Arthur worked with the Department of Corrections to bring classes to the state’s only women’s prison.

Coffee Creek Correctional Institution in Wilsonville is Oregon's only women's prison.

Oregon lawmakers push to look at gender inequities in prison

National data has shown it’s common for women in prison to land there after being sexually or physically abused. Many women are also the primary caregivers before entering prison and once again when they are released. A bill working its way through the Oregon Legislature, acknowledges that women often face unique challenges while serving time — challenges that researchers haven’t fully explored.