HR County may ditch juvenile jail; Budget shortfalls prompts talk of reducing ‘subsidy’ for jail (Dalles Chronicle, 3/19/2018) Audit looks at juvenile detention (Dalles Chronicle, 3/06/2018) Oregon groups call for state oversight of juvenile justice facilities (OPB News 3/1/2018), picked up by Jefferson Public Radio Advocates urge state to take action on juvenile jails (East… Continue Reading Jails & Prisons: Youth Detention
Investigation and Monitoring
Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) can investigate abuse and neglect, and monitor facilities and programs that provide services to people who have disabilities.
As the federally-mandated Protection & Advocacy (P&A) service for Oregon, we have access to facilities to conduct investigations, provide information and training, and monitor compliance with rights and safety. Facilities can include hospitals, community living arrangements, board and care homes, juvenile detention facilities, jails, prisons, schools, and more.
We also have authority to access records, including intake, treatment and discharge records and reports. In the case of abuse, neglect or death, DRO can access records prepared by investigatory authorities.
Once we have conducted our own investigation, we can share the information with the client or appropriate enforcement agencies; prepare a public report that maintains individual confidentiality; pursue alternative remedies, including legal action; and report suspected abuse.
Read more details about our investigative authority: What is Disability Rights Oregon?
Reports from previous investigation efforts:
Our latest stories about investigation and monitoring:
Our investigative report found that kids held at NORCOR endure psychologically harmful conditions and solitary confinement. Continue Reading Investigative Report: Kids at NORCOR
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The names of the kids who were interviewed as part of our investigation were changed to protect their identities. Eli’s Story A boy with a history of self-harm was disciplined for 69 consecutive days for talking and “being needy.” The boy said that he was disciplined for having an additional book in his cell. “I… Continue Reading Voices of kids at NORCOR