Oregon will stop temporarily holding juveniles in an adult prison after federal auditors questioned the practice, the Oregonian reports. About 100 youths a year had spent up to a week at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, said the nonprofit Partnership for Safety and Justice. Federal auditors questioned why 15-year-olds convicted as adults went directly to Oregon Youth Authority facilities while 16- and 17-year-olds first spent time at Coffee Creek.
Youths were held in segregation cells up to 23 hours a day and mixed with adult prisoners at times, such as meals, while being processed to serve sentences. “Housing youth for any period of time in adult prisons and jails can be detrimental to their physical or mental health,” said Shannon Wight of the safety partnership.