On February 21, 2008, the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) re-opened Oak
Creek Youth Correctional Facility as an all-female facility.
Female offenders from Salem's Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility transitioned to Oak Creek in
Albany in late February and March.
The facility has 75 beds in three pods, all of which re-opened for
the first time since OYA closed this location in 2002. The
Detention Center occupies the remaining pod.
The re-opening of Oak Creek provides OYA and the juvenile justice system
an opportunity to engage in services specific to our young women in
Oregon. There are some key elements that have been identified in
working with a gender-specific population that the Oregon Youth
Authority, working with national experts, will utilize in the
development of treatment curriculum and service delivery.
began in Fall 2007. A project manager led several workgroups responsible
for identifying and developing transition planning for all aspects of
re-opening the facility, from programming for the young women and the
service delivery model to staffing and renovations to the facility.
Approximately 70 people work at Oak Creek, which houses young
women offenders from around the state.