Tag Archives: Oregon State Penitentiary

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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Oregon State Penitentiary to adapt to mental illnesses

From the Salem Statesman Journal, April 25, 2010 Prison to adapt to mental illnesses – Salem unit will be converted to help deal with rising population Nearly half of Oregon’s 14,000 prisoners — 6,797 — are mentally ill, according to … Continue reading

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Managing Mental Illness in Prison Task Force

Managing Mental Illness in Prison Task Force Findings and Recommendations October 2004 Oregon Department of Corrections ________________________________________ READ – Managing Mental Illness in Prison Task Force – 2004, in original formatting. Oregon State Penitentiary was established in 1866 for the … Continue reading

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Inadequate staffing leaves mental patients unsafe

Mind Games: Oregon’s Mental Health System First of a five part series on the Oregon State Hospital From The Oregonian – October 25, 1987. Not available elsewhere online. Asylum: A place where one is safe and secure.” — Webster’s New … Continue reading

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Program helps inmates break away from drugs

Philadelphia Inquirer, November 24, 1983 The torn window screens and peeling paint are a contrast with the delicate scientific equipment in a room in the security unit at Oregon State Hospital. The equipment provides a fast, detailed analysis of prisoners’ … Continue reading

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