COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- State leaders have proposed cuts to Oregon’s budget that would close two prisons, one in North Bend and the other in Lakeview.
The Shutter Creek Correctional Institution is a minimum-security prison opened in the 1990s and includes 302 beds. The Warner Creek facility in Lakeview is also a minimum-security prison that opened in 2005.
The closures would be an attempt to try and balance the large budget shortfall created by the coronavirus pandemic.
The proposal also includes cuts to Oregon State Police vehicle purchases through June 2021 and reduced funding in the Department of Justice for prosecutorial support services.
Economic analysts have said Oregon will lose $10.5 billion over the next five years because of the pandemic.