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Behind Bars: Officer Misconduct In Oregon's Prisons

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In this 2011 Statesman Journal file photo, a correctional officer mans a tower at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

After reviewing a trove of reports detailing Oregon correctional officer discipline from 2010 to 2015, a picture emerges of a prison system short on officer oversight and fraught with complacency.

The reports were released to the Statesman Journal after a months-long public records battle with the Oregon Department of Corrections, which operates 14 state prisons housing more than 14,600 inmates. After release, each misconduct report was examined line by line and assembled into a searchable online prison-discipline database.

People with intimate knowledge of the corrections system were interviewed to gain perspective on how correctional officers behave in state penal institutions. 

To read more, visit the Statesman Journal.