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Reducing The Need for Oregon Prisons


The state of Oregon will not be building new prisons anytime soon. 

The legislature decided two years ago to put more money into programs that will prevent crimes, avoiding the creation of new prison residents. 

In theory, that puts more money and emphasis into programs like Klamath County Community Corrections

The legislature is debating just how MUCH money right now. 

KCCC director Kiki Parker-Rose joins us.  

She tells us that it costs $85 a day to lock a person up, but $16 a day to manage a person in parole or probation.


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.