DOC makes recommendations for early inmate release

No decisions have been made and steps moving forward will be decided by the governor next week.

Posted: Apr 11, 2020 7:15 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2020 4:17 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Since Governor Brown's announcement that she would consider releasing inmates on a case-by-case basis, many have questions about what that will look like.

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"Non violent offenders I think absolutely should be considered," said Richard Gagnon, a Eugene resident.

Governor Brown said to keep all Oregonians safe she is considering releasing inmates from state prisons under certain conditions.

Kelly Simon, the interim legal director for the ACLU of Oregon said the group is urging swift action before it is too late.

"Congregate living just like we have in Oregon's prisons are a recipe for a disaster," Simon began. "It's time for us to take steps to avoid that disaster."

Eligibility is recommended by the Oregon Department of Corrections but decided by the governor.

"The department of corrections doesn't have release authority we kind of put people in different categories, if they're vulnerable or they're over a certain age or if you've done most of your sentence," said a spokesperson for the DOC.

The DOC has made a list of over 3,200 inmates who may be eligible.

Those names will cross the governor's desk Monday.

Simon saying more needs to be done now.

"I don't think we're doing enough and I think we need to do more before it's too late," she said.

No decisions have been made and steps moving forward will be decided by the governor next week. 

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