Earlier forecasts predicted higher growth

The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis recently released its semi-annual forecast of prison growth in Oregon for the next 10 years. The new forecast calls for the lowest 10-year prison growth rate ever predicted by the Office of Economic Analysis.

The report indicates that by 2023 the Oregon prison inmate population will have grown by 1,939 inmates, or 13.5 percent, which will be essentially the same as the 12.6 percent growth in general state population.

Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote, who is also a member of the 2012 Commission on Public Safety, said, “This is exactly what we have been saying all along, and it is good news for Oregon. There is no crisis in prison growth in this state. Our prison inmate population is not exploding.”

Prison inmate costs in Oregon run more than $30,000 per year per inmate. The prison forecast is at

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