WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- The convictions of three former prison workers and pending lawsuits is leading to criticism that the state is failing to protect women inmates from predatory prison workers.
The three former prison employees were convicted this year of sexually abusing inmates at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Another former Coffee Creek employee, accused of sexual misconduct, is scheduled to stand trial in December.
And another employee has been placed on leave pending the outcome of a state police investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.
Five women have filed lawsuits against the Department of Corrections and the state.