The state of Oregon has secure housing and transitional facilities to help youth offenders who have been sentenced to treatment by the courts. First, they have five secure facilities (four for males and one for females). Then they have four transitional facilities for a total of nine correctional system facilities for youth offenders.
The Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) is the government agency that runs all youth correctional facilities, supervises inmates, and maintains all Oregon juvenile inmate records. It is not possible to go online and perform an Oregon juvenile detention center inmate search. Juvenile records are kept confidential until the person reaches the age of 18. Then they have the option of applying to the courts to have their juvenile record expunged.
This is how the OYA describes their facilities: “Founded on the principles of personal responsibility, accountability, and reformation, these facilities provide high security, intensive accountability, and treatment designed to meet the specific reformation needs of youth while protecting the public from further criminal behavior.” ’ They serve youth offenders between the ages of 12–24.
There are four different male juvenile detention centers that have varying degrees of custody. They are:
There is only one female facility called Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility. They provide female inmates with “gender-specific” programming and take pride in their measurable positive outcomes.
The Oregon youth transitional facilities are to help bridge the gap between secure placement and community outreach. They help youth offenders by continuing their treatment, providing education, and vocational assistance. The OYA states that: “Youth work on community service projects, supervised work crews and town jobs to instill a work ethic, accountability, and responsibility through the payment of restitution to both victims and the community.” The four transitional centers in Oregon include:
There are only about 11,500 youth offenders in juvenile detention in Oregon. Of that total, about two-thirds (63.7%) are male and the rest are female. Roughly 60% are White, 17% are Hispanic, 6.5% are Black, and the rest are Asian, Native American or unknown races. Assault and theft are the two most common reasons a juvenile is sent to detention.