EQUAL PROTECTION: Private Prisons (HB 3682) (2011)

Near the end of the session, HB 3682 was introduced (on behalf of the Judiciary Committee so we do not know who proposed it). It would have authorized the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) to send inmates to out-of-state private prisons. We heard that HB 3682 was not drafted as the sponsors intended because it was intended only to apply to inmates whose immigration status is in question. The ACLU strongly opposes the use of private prisons as does the Oregon DOC. HB 3682 was assigned to the House Rules Committee and we were prepared for yet another “courtesy” hearing even if there was no intention to move the bill out of the Committee. Fortunately, because we were so near the end of session, HB 3682 was never scheduled for a hearing. We have no doubt that the proponents will raise this proposal again, aimed specifically at the immigrant community.

WIN: DIED IN COMMITTEE