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NORCOR Disputes Findings Of Report On Juvenile Facility

Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility officials are disputing many of the findings in a report by an advocacy group that claims NORCOR’s juvenile facility uses what it termed “inhumane” conditions.  Disability Rights Oregon’s report is based on interviews of youth at NORCOR conducted by an attorney for the group, Sarah Radcliffe, in which she says they told her about long stays in isolation for minor rules infractions and spending up to six hours per day in their cells.  NORCOR juvenile detention manager Jeff Justesen wrote a four page letter to the group prior to the report’s public release outlining what he felt were its inaccuracies, adding he felt the instances cited in the report were exaggerated and sensationalized, while also saying there are areas where they can improve.  Justesen says NORCOR has been revising its juvenile policies and procedures and does so on a continuous basis.  Seventeen Oregon counties, two in Washington, the Warm Springs Reservation, and federal immigration officials send detainees to NORCOR’s juvenile facility.