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Gov. Brown moving forward with prison closures

The three prisons are Mill Creek Correctional Facility, Shutter Creek Correctional Institution and Warner Creek Correctional Facility.

Posted: Jan 18, 2021 7:08 AM
Updated: Jan 18, 2021 10:27 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- Gov. Kate Brown is closing three Oregon prisons, a decision authorities say would save the state more than $44 million.

The governor said she believes the money could be better invested elsewhere, such as early childhood education. On Friday, Brown said she took unilateral action and directed the Department of Corrections to close the three facilities.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the closure of three of the state's 14 prisons will be staggered. First will be Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem, which is scheduled to be closed by July of this year, next Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend by January 2022, and last Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lakeview, to be closed by July 2022.

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