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NORTHWEST NEWS

Jeremy Christian Guilty of Killing 2 Who Tried to Stop His Slurs on Max

Today jurors found Christian guilty of the May 26, 2017 stabbing deaths of Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Ricky Best

States Step Up Funding for Planned Parenthood Clinics

A spokesman for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon said the agency has been "working closely with state officials to create critical backstops and protect access to care for all Oregonians who need it, regardless of federal action on Title X"

Oregon Denies Permit for Pipeline Before Federal Decision

Oregon's Department of Land Conservation and Development says a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay would have significant adverse effects on the state's coastal scenic and aesthetic resources, endangered species and critical habitat

Rep. Blumenauer Joined by Sens. Markey, Sanders, and Warren to Introduce Bill to Hold Big Oil Companies Accountable

"Amidst the growing climate emergency, closing this loophole is a small step we must take to hold Big Oil accountable and to protect our communities," said Blumenauer. 

NEWS BRIEFS

African American Initiative Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration to be Held Saturday

Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington celebrate breast cancer survivors in the African American community with a free gala this...

Dr. Karin Edwards Named New President of Clark College

Board of Trustees names Dr. Karin Edwards as the college’s 15th leader in its 87-year history ...

OneUnited Bank Launches New Limited-Edition Harriet Tubman Card

OneUnited Bank, the largest Black-owned bank in America, introduces the new limited-edition Harriet Tubman Card in celebration of...

Oregon House Votes to End Driver’s License Suspensions for Failure to Pay Fines

Bipartisan Vote Underscores Consensus for Reforms, Makes Way for Senate Action ...

Black History Month 2020: “African Americans and the Vote”

In our celebration of Black History Month 2020, the DPO Black Caucus looks forward to the screening of the award-winning documentary,...

Man guilty of killing 2 who tried to stop his slurs on train

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing two people who prosecutors say tried to stop his racist tirade against two young black women on a Portland, Oregon, commuter train was convicted of murder Friday after an emotional trial that featured testimony from both women and the...

Man convicted of stabbing 2 people to death who tried to stop racist rant against black women on Portland, Oregon, train

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Man convicted of stabbing 2 people to death who tried to stop racist rant against black women on Portland, Oregon, train....

OPINION

Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Picketing, pigeons, politics: Scenes from the Nevada caucus

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Candidates have hustled past tourists and slot machines to ask housekeepers and cooks for their votes in the back of flashy casinos. They've made their pitches over plates of tamales, tacos and soul food. They've walked a picket line in the street with union workers. And...

Democrats try to blunt strong California showing for Sanders

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is the largest prize in the calculations of any Democratic presidential candidate, and Bernie Sanders has been working the state for months, worrying his rivals.Sanders has been organizing intensively among Latinos and young voters, producing campaign...

Man guilty of killing 2 who tried to stop his slurs on train

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing two people who prosecutors say tried to stop his racist tirade against two young black women on a Portland, Oregon, commuter train was convicted of murder Friday after an emotional trial that featured testimony from both women and the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' readies for Garden visit

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Kyle Scatliffe has gone to Madison Square Garden plenty of times — for a Rangers game, a Muse concert and a WWE event. Next week, he's going back again, but this time he won't be in the seats.Scatliffe on Wednesday will be starring in the hit Broadway play...

Former Ukraine diplomat Marie Yovanovitch has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, the career diplomat who during the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump offered a chilling account of alleged threats from Trump and his allies, has a book deal. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt confirmed Friday to The...

OWN's 'Cherish the Day' is a rare celebration of black love

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To separate filmmaker and TV producer Ava DuVernay’s trenchant, history-driven projects, including “Selma” and “When They See Us,” from her new romantic drama series is to sell short the determined thoughtfulness that shapes all her...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Trump tries new approach for jumi trillion infrastructure plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — As a presidential candidate in 2016, Donald Trump promised a jumi trillion...

AP Exclusive: DEA agent accused of conspiring with cartel

MIAMI (AP) — A once-standout U.S. federal narcotics agent known for spending lavishly on luxury cars and...

Picketing, pigeons, politics: Scenes from the Nevada caucus

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Candidates have hustled past tourists and slot machines to ask housekeepers and cooks for...

Paranoia, racism: German killer drew on conspiracy tropes

BERLIN (AP) — He mixed extreme paranoia about secret state surveillance with far-right conspiracy tropes,...

Watchdog toughens global financial scrutiny of Iran

PARIS (AP) — An international agency monitoring terrorism funding announced tough new financial scrutiny of...

2016 again? Russia back to stirring chaos in U.S. election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just weeks into this year's election cycle, Russia already is actively interfering in the...

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Barry Massey the Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico's corrections system needs to better prepare inmates for their release back into communities because about half return to prison within five years, according to a legislative audit released Thursday.

By reducing inmate recidivism, the state can save money on corrections and slow a growing prison population, the audit found. But if nothing is done, New Mexico will run out of prison space within in the next decade and will have to consider building a new prison or expanding existing ones, according to the audit by the Legislative Finance Committee.

The population of male inmates will exceed prison capacity in about seven years, based on current growth trends.

Auditors said the average cost of an inmate is $34,000 a year in New Mexico, compared with $7,300 for the average per pupil cost of educating a public school student.

On average, 53 percent of New Mexico inmates return to prison within five years of their release, the report said. Currently, 44 percent of prison inmates are what auditors described as ``returning offenders'' who have an average of three prison stays.

New Mexico's recidivism rate is similar to other states, according to a study last year by the Pew Center on the States. Based on a survey of 41 states, including New Mexico, the group found that a national average of 43 percent of inmates released in 2004 were back in prison within three years.

New Mexico's recidivism rate was 44 percent during that period.

Legislative auditors said the Corrections Department could reduce recidivism by focusing on programs with a proven success record, such as drug treatment, vocational and adult education courses and correctional industries that offer inmates a chance to work. The report faulted the prison system for not targeting treatment based on inmate needs or risks.

``Instead prisoners can choose their own programming, often based on the amount of good time the program awards,'' auditors said. So-called good time allows inmates to qualify for early release.

The state's budget squeeze has added to the prison system's problems. There have been cuts to successful court-supervised drug treatment programs, which are intended to help keep offenders out of prison, auditors pointed out.

Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel expressed support for the audit in a statement to the committee. He said the department was taking steps to lower recidivism without jeopardizing public safety.

The agency is filling vacancies in its probation and parole staff, he said, as well as working with a university on a business plan for correctional industries.

A program is under consideration for sex offenders who have trouble getting a parole plan that allows their release and instead end up remaining in prison while on parole.

``The report clearly articulates the challenges the NMCD must overcome to successfully prepare for increases in incarceration and implement recidivism reduction programs and initiatives,'' Marcantel said.

The state spent nearly $300 million last year to incarcerate an average of 6,700 inmates and oversee 18,000 that are on parole, probation and in community corrections programs.

 

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