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News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: July 6th, 2012 2:34 PM

INMATE WORK CREWS RETURN TO VERNONIA TO AID IN FLOOD RESTORATION EFFORTS

Next week marks the return of Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates to the City of Vernonia, where work crews will help the Vernonia School District move into its new K-12 school. DOC will deploy twenty minimum-custody inmates from South Fork Forest Camp to assist with the move on July 10 and July 11.

The Vernonia School District is finalizing construction of a new K-12 school after major damage from a flood in 2007. At the time, more than 160 inmates and several staff supervisors were housed in a mobile work camp at L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park as inmate work crews assisted with the clean-up effort after the devastating flood. The inmates worked thousands of hours clearing debris, spreading gravel and helping to clean the homes of many people in the community. DOC inmates will now work to move equipment and supplies from the old school into the new one.

"We are pleased to be part of the efforts to rebuild Vernonia," said DOC Director Colette S. Peters. "We saw firsthand the devastation that the flood brought and are honored to be part of this important restoration piece. It brings us full circle."

Dr. Ken Cox of the Vernonia School District said, "The district is grateful that the Department of Corrections' crews are coming to help us with our move. They played a significant role right after the flood and we once again welcome their help."

DOC employs 4,300 staff members at 14 institutions and several centralized support facilities throughout the state of Oregon. SFFC houses nearly 200 inmates who are within four years of release. It is a minimum-security work camp located approximately 28 miles east of Tillamook, just off Highway 6 along the Wilson River Highway.

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Contact Info: Liz Craig 503-945-0930
Elizabeth.A.Craig@doc.state.or.us