Prison Overcrowding: Oregon

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Oregon’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2007-2008

DOC Costs

  • Annual budget: $1.2 billion
  • Cost per inmate per year: $27,689

DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel: 4,452
  • Total number of facilities: 14
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 14,017

Organization of state divisions, view here.

Inmates with Mental Health Needs -  April 2009

  • Highest Treatment Need - 1,116 (8.04%)
  • Severe Mental Health Problems – 2,066 (14.88%)
  • Moderate Treatment Need – 1,013 (7.29%)
  • Benefit from Treatment – 2,097 (15.10%)
  • No Need for Treatment Today – 3,108 (22.38%)
  • No Reported Need Today – 4,488 (32.32%)

Inmates with Substance Abuse Problems – April 2009

  • Severe Problem – 8,175 (58.87%)
  • Moderate Problem – 2,210 (15.91%)
  • No Reported Treatment Need – 3,503 (25.22%)

Inmates at Work – April 2009

  • Eligible inmates working/training full time – 73.1%

Recidivism Rate – April 2009

  • Parole/post prison supervision offenders convicted of new felony within three years of release excluding those released from prison following a revocation30.4 %

Overcrowding Quick Facts

  • On a short term basis, emergency beds have been added to the various institutions in the department. Over the long term, new prison beds will be built. The newest facilities are Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lakeview and Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras.

Points of Contact

News and Media

  • Lack of jail beds leads to the early release of offenders, read more.

Helpful Links

See also:

Pennsylvania Prison Overcrowding