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New in 2020: Changes to Oregon Juvenile Law. Graphic showing images of the human brain, scales of justice, and judge's gavel.

Oregon Juvenile Justice Laws Change This Year

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

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.

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.

A Celebration of Culture and Traditions

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

Three students participate in a recent Lewis & Clark Law School class at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility.

Law Students Learn from the Inside

At Lewis & Clark Law School’s Juvenile Justice Seminar, taught by Oregon Youth Authority director Joe O’Leary, law students and incarcerated youth learn side by side.

Training Academy: Providing a Safe Learning Environment

OYA’s Training Academy staff provide new employees and veteran staff with lesson plans, reality-based scenario training, and more.

Facility in Burns Dedicates New Vocational Space

The building at Eastern Oregon Youth Correctional Facility houses programs in welding, auto body work, and engine repair.

Restorative Justice: Building a Safer Community

Youth at Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility are learning to consider their impact on others and repair relationships with those they have harmed.

OYA Completes Feeder System Research Project

The project will help inform efforts to identify earlier the youth who are at risk of future criminal and juvenile justice system involvement.