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Oregon Juvenile Justice Laws Change This Year

Learn about some of the major law changes affecting the juvenile justice system.

Joe O'Leary's juvenile justice seminar poses for a final class photo.

‘We can form a better system’

OYA youth and outside law students share their reflections on the class they recently took together.

Learning and Living the Principles of Kwanzaa

OYA youth at the MacLaren and Tillamook facilities participated in the traditions and celebrations of Kwanzaa

Director's Message Jan. 10, 2020 • OYA does a lot to prevent and respond to allegations of sexual abuse. No number of sexual assaults is acceptable. • We are still working to learn more about the data in the recent national report on sexual victimization in facilities. • We are proud of the work you do to keep youth safe. Still, the report is a learning opportunity. We will: o hold forums with youth to ensure they know how to report abuse; o review our PbS survey process to see if we are gathering valid data; and testify to a legislative committee next week about our work to prevent sexual abuse.

Update on OYA and the Federal Survey on Sexual Victimization

OYA does a lot to prevent and respond to allegations of sexual abuse. However, we see the federal report as a learning opportunity.

Preventing and Responding to Sexual Abuse

Oregon Youth Authority takes numerous actions to try to prevent and respond to sexual abuse in our facilities.

Facility Youth Compete in Basketball Tournament

The Camp Tillamook Gladiators walked away the winners at the three-day holiday tournament hosted at MacLaren.

Troubling results from federal survey inconsistent with OYA’s own data

A concerning federal report claims that Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility has a high rate of sex abuse. However, the results are inconsistent with other independent reports conducted regularly at the facility.

Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility ukulele players

Rogue Valley Ukulele Players Record Christmas Album

Proceeds from the CD sales pay for youth to get their own ukulele when they parole out of the facility.

Students participate in a recent Living Yoga class at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility.

Healing Through Yoga

A volunteer-led yoga program helps MacLaren youth reconnect with their bodies.

A Celebration of Culture and Traditions

Oregon Youth Authority hosts several facility events throughout November to mark Native American Heritage Month.

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