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State to Consider Closing Shutter Creek Correctional Facility
Shutter Creek Correctional Institution is one of two prisons that could close under the State’s proposed measures to balance the budget. The state released the Ways and Means Co-Chair Principals for special session discussions which includes preserving programs and services critical to Oregonians. It also outlines cuts to several programs including the Department of Corrections. SCCI is a 302 bed minimum security facility that has been in operation for 30 years. There are approximately 280 inmates and 100 staff at the facility. The other is Warner Creek Correctional Facility which would remain open this biennium but close in 2021. According to the report, programs to be preserved include funding for K-12 schools, the student success act and the community college support fund. Others include housing stabilization programs, child welfare investments, Veterans Affairs positions, Food Safety and Water Quality programs and support for the current prison population. Corrections Department officials say administrators will strategize implementation once legislators meet a determine the final cuts to balancing the budget.