Gas-Leaking Industrial Tortilla Maker Burns Inmate, Prompts Lawsuit

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A Eugene man serving an eight-year sentence for robbery filed a lawsuit last week against the Department of Corrections, claiming he was severely burned by a broken industrial tortilla maker that had been repaired more than 120 times. He says after he complained, he was then put in segregation then housed with a violent schizophrenic nicknamed "The Beast."Chris Shabazz-Wimberly, 39, worked for ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Transgender Inmate in Ohio Seeks Treatment In Case Parallel to Oregon Inmate's Fight

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An inmate is Ohio is fighting the state's prison system to continue providing hormone treatment for her diagnosis of gender dysphoria—the clinical term for someone who is transgender. Whitney Lee, who was born a male, began taking estrogen in 1999. But when she landed in a male prison in 2012, the state psychiatrist took away her drugs, the Associated Press reports this week. The psychiatrist ...   More
 
Friday, May 2, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Former Oregon Corrections Chief Says the State Needs to Do Some Soul-Searching

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Max Williams, the former head of the state Department of Corrections, says he doesn't think the state's death penalty has worked well, and voter-passed laws about sentencing have put too much emphasis on locking people up and not enough on helping prisoners integrate back into society.Williams, who resigned in December, told an audience at the Oregon Historical Society last night that Oregonians need ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

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