Oregon Prison Population Forecast Is Down A Bit

By Jim McCoy Tue 2nd April NewsOregon prisons
A forecast of Oregon's prison population shows a growing number of inmates, but the pace of the growth is slightly lower than previously expected. The new numbers haven't changed the debate over sentencing that has pitted the Kitzhaber administration and district attorneys. Both sides say the forecast supports their positions. The Oregonian reports that Kitzhaber wants changes to mandatory minimum sentences and other reforms to save $600 million over the next decade. A group of prosecutors says the other side is using inflated numbers to undermine mandatory minimum sentences. The state's prison system now has about 14,300 inmates. The new forecast says that will rise to slightly more than 15,000 by mid-2015. The forecast is down about 280 from last fall and more than 1,000 from a 2009 forecast.

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