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Oregon faces skyrocketing female prison population
By statesmanjournal.com- Whitney M. Woodworth
Published: 02/17/2017

The nation is facing a massive increase in the number of women who are incarcerated — female inmates increased by 700 percent from 1980 to 2014 — and Oregon is no exception.

The number of women imprisoned in the Oregon Department of Corrections has nearly tripled over the past 20 years even though women are not committing more frequent or serious crimes, said Dr. Emily Salisbury, an associate professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Salisbury spoke to a crowd of law enforcement, mental health, government and legal professionals at the Justice Reinvestment Summit 2017 on Thursday and warned them of the consequences of not addressing the spike in female imprisonment.

Her speech came only a few months after funding for a second women's prison in Oregon was rejected by lawmakers.

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