Oregon prison system, facing escalating costs, cutting employees but no corrections officers

SALEM – Oregon’s prison system is laying off employees and cutting other costs as it faces a $60 million budget deficit.

Colette Peters, director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, advised the agency’s employees of the circumstances in an email message Wednesday night.

Agency officials said 24 jobs would be eliminated but no corrections officers who provide security in the state’s 14 prisons. The agency has about 4,700 employees

Peters attributed the move to unexpected increases in costs to treat inmates for Hepatitis C, out-of-prison medical . . .