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On February 27, 2018, a group of human rights organizations in Oregon sent a letter to the state legislature requesting a statewide system to oversee operations of juvenile detention facilities. Currently, juvenile detention centers are unlicensed and unregulated; no state or local agency is charged with enforcing safe and humane conditions. A report released in December 2017 by Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) found that conditions at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) juvenile detention facility resulted in neglect of youths’ basic health, mental health, and social development needs; they are denied access to adequate education and are separated from . . .

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