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Inmates with severe mental illnesses subject to isolation, restraint, brutality, DRO investigation shows

The Oregonian, April 8, 2015 Prisoners in the Oregon State Penitentiary unit reserved for inmates with the most severe mental illnesses spend months, sometimes years in small cells with no natural light or outdoor access and rarely get to speak … Continue reading

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1 in 3 Oregon prison inmates have a mental illness, and 7 in 10 have substance issues, according to report

By Les Zaitz, The Oregonian, Nov. 11, 2013 One in three inmates in Oregon prisons have mental health issues, and their numbers are growing, according to data from the state Corrections Department. The agency’s latest inmate profile, published monthly, counted … Continue reading

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Prison Mental Health Unit Not Designed For Treatment

By Chris Lehman, OPB News, Feb. 23, 2012 Oregon is putting the finishing touches on a gleaming new mental health hospital. The Salem facility replaces a crumbling 130-year-old building and is hailed as a new chapter in the state’s troubled … Continue reading

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Oregon inmates’ mental health problems outstrip a system never designed to handle them

From The Oregonian, June 19, 2011 Inmates with mental problems are overrunning Oregon’s prison resources. Year after year, the percentage of prisoners battling psychiatric demons has edged up. Now, seven in 10 of the state’s 14,000 inmates need some type … Continue reading

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