NORCOR Board To Meet Friday Morning

The Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility Board of Directors will hold an emergency meeting Friday morning to discuss a Disability Rights of Oregon report that was extremely critical of NORCOR’s juvenile detention facility.  In a letter to the NORCOR board on Wednesday night, Wasco County Commissioners said they will immediately redirect any youth in NORCOR custody to a different facility pending resolution of the findings and  recommendations from the report, and also asked for an independent investigation and to have oversight of NORCOR’s juvenile facility turned over to a committee of local juvenile directors.  Wasco County Commission and NORCOR board chair Rod Runyon says before they sent the letter the Oregon Youth Authority had already indicated they would cease sending juveniles to NORCOR, and he has received word about other counties either taking or considering the same step.  Runyon added he doesn’t believe 100 percent of the accusations in the report are true and many of them have been corrected.  Hood River County Commissioner Ron Rivers, who is also on the NORCOR board, felt the report overreacted, adding “I think they were comparing maybe an adult facility to a juvenile facility.  I thought they were totally out of their realm.  There were some deficiencies that were brought up that we are addressing now.”  Friday’s meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the NORCOR juvenile detention center conference room.

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