ONTARIO – State prison officials say they have no plans for widespread testing of employees at Snake River Correctional Institution, saying that that could lead to a “powder keg” at Oregon’s largest prison.
In a court filing last week, state officials said testing of workers wouldn’t slow the coronavirus but the resulting disruptions could trigger anger among inmates.
The Oregon Department of Corrections also said it has stepped up its enforcement of mask mandates at the Ontario prison for both employees and inmates. The state said that through late April, 10 employees received verbal counseling over mask issues while 86 inmates received “conduct orders” for violations.
The state described its actions in a report submitted to Malheur County Circuit Court, addressing a state’s judges order last month that found the Ontario prison was creating an “unjustifiable risk” to inmate . . .