Rafael Otto

New land conservation director sees the ‘big picture’

By: - July 5, 2022

When not working, Brenda Ortigoza Bateman enjoys playing the piano and singing folk songs, hymns and ballads.  She also plays piano at her church, the Salem First United Methodist Church. Her ability to weave musical threads together in harmony and collaborate with others will serve her well in her new job. In May, Bateman became […]

Oregon State Seal Capitol

Oregon inmates released early mirror recidivism of those serving full sentences

By: - May 12, 2022

An initial assessment of 266 inmates released early from Oregon prisons during the pandemic showed they were no more likely to commit new crimes than those who serve their full sentences. The state Criminal Justice Commission said in a recent report that recidivism rates and patterns were comparable, and slightly lower, to a recent cohort […]