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Kate Brown Announces Closure of Three Prisons
Public safety sees little priority in Brown’s new budget

Kate Brown has explained that "equity" will be the priority with her newly released biennium budget proposals. She announced the budget on Tuesday, via press conference, and she explained that funding for public safety will suffer significant cuts.

While these budget cuts are being considered as a response to the loss of state revenue during the mandated lock downs, the governor may not be willing to give up on pet projects, as indicated by the proposed 8 percent increase in the overall budget. She then pleaded with the Trump administration for additional federal funding for projects that Oregon could not budget appropriately for.

"Honestly, it is time for Washington, DC to get its act together. Unlike the federal government, state governments have to balance our budget. We have to meet the needs of the pandemic Our revenues are down as a result of the recession caused by the pandemic and yet we've got to meet the needs of vulnerable Orgon families and, frankly, we've got to invest and rebuild in our communities."

"Together, with our public safety system, we cut roughly 100 million. I had a very tough conversation with the hospitals today because the Oregon Health Plan is still short $400 million, so that we need to work collaboratively to preserve our health care infrastructure."

She announced a plan for three prisons to be closed. Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem is slated to be the first closure in July 2021 with Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend next, and Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lakeview to follow.

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Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod (R-Lyons) issued the following statement:

“I am deeply concerned for Oregonians’ public safety with Governor Brown’s decision to close three state prisons yesterday. There is a potential for an increase in crime, especially when there are no details on who is being released or relocated. “Before the Legislature does anything, Governor Brown must share the plan of where inmates will go, who will be released and how law enforcement, vendor and support staff jobs will be protected.

“Two of the prisons are in rural Oregon communities already under significant stress due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, and the years of neglect as the Portland area has been given priority. “Governor Brown’s decision to close multiple corrections facilities, along with the early release of inmates this year, and the 2019 bill that narrowed the use of the death penalty, are examples of the disturbing trend that she does not value Oregonians’ public safety and is determined to undermine the Oregon criminal justice system to earn political points.”


--Ben Fisher

Post Date: 2020-12-02 13:05:16Last Update: 2020-12-24 12:42:24



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