A Good Place To Do Time

Kenneth D. Jensen, Western Oregon University

In the Oregon State Penitentiary of the 1970's it was not uncommon to hear seasoned "cons" express the opinion that "Oregon was a good place to do time." The meaning and implications of this quote is considered against the background of three decades of state and national corrections policy. The policy changes of three decades will be analyzed and critiqued.

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Updated 05/20/2006