Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute (CJPRI)
Alternatives to imprisonment -- Oregon, Criminals -- Rehabilitation -- Oregon
Correctional spending is one of the largest and fastest growing parts of the Oregon budget, making it a target for increased scrutiny. According to a 2011 Legislative Fiscal Office report, the Department of Correction’s (DOC) budget represented close to 9% of the combined General and Lottery Funds in the 2009- 2011 biennium. Since 1993-1995, correctional spending increased almost threefold from close to $400 million to $1.4 billion. Moreover, the DOC’s share of the state budget almost doubled since the mid-1980s. In the context of declining revenue forecasts and increased demand for public services, state agencies are under pressure to reduce costs and operate more efficiently.
Sundt, Jody, "Oregonians Report Broad Support for Policies that Could Reduce Prison Population" (2011). Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute Research Research Briefs. 6.