During the 1995-97 biennium,
Oregon’s juvenile corrections system went through many changes, made
many adjustments and made much progress. OYA sited and constructed
five new secure regional youth correctional facilities (YCF) which
opened in late 1997 and early 1998.
The early 2000’s brought about a decline in Oregon’s economy and a
reduction of some of the juvenile services statewide. Responding to
legislative mandates in the first quarter of 2003, the Oregon Youth
Authority reduced its close custody capacity by 250 beds. Facility
closures occurred at Eastern Oregon YCF in Burns and Ochoco YCF in
Prineville. The OYA closed 75 beds at both North Coast and Oak Creek
YCF in Warrenton and Albany respectively with local county juvenile
departments maintaining small detention functions within the facilities
independent of OYA operations.
In April 2005, the Oregon Youth Authority’s Advisory Committee sponsored
a Young Women’s Workgroup, to analyze OYA’s programs and services being
provided to young women and to make recommendations regarding its
In October 2005, the Young Women’s Implementation Committee was
established and charged with implementation of the recommendations made
by the Young Women’s Workgroup. Two sub-committees were developed, one
to address access issues that had been identified in close custody
settings and the other to address access issues that had been identified
in community settings. Both sub-committees were multi-disciplinary in
membership and consistency was assured by both committees being chaired
and facilitated by the same individuals.
The Implementation Committee recommended that the OYA provide a
continuum of services and programs for young women that are
gender-specific and based on research and best practice. It further
recommended that these services and programs allow young women to fully
complete their programs based on the case plan that has been developed
for them. These statements are the conceptual framework for the
development and implementation of female-specific services provided to
young women at Oak Creek YCF.
Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility is scheduled to re-open 75 beds as
a gender-specific program for young women in February of 2008.