Coos Co. orgs ask Gov. not to close its state prison

COOS CO., Coos County organizations are pleading for Governor Kate Brown to keep Shutter Creek open.

It’s one of three state prisons, that Governor Brown is looking to close in her budget proposal released earlier this month.

Non-profit, South Coast Development Council and the Southwest Oregon Work Force Investment Board are both signing the letter.

It’s goal is to inform Governor Brown about the impact that closing the facility will have on the community, and economy.

According to the council, Shutter Creek employs around 80 people, and losing those jobs means losing major living wage jobs’ for the community.

“What we are trying to do is just make sure they are informed of the ripple and impact that it will have locally and regionally on our economy and not just economy but also just the indirect forces that currently play with the correctional facility,” says the South Coast Development Council.

The council says this is not the first time shutter creek has almost shut down, just a few months ago, the facility was at jeopardy of closing down due to the financial issues it was seeing with COVID-19.

But, there was a community movement to make sure that didn’t happen.

The letter will be sent next week.

The proposed budget also calls for Warner Creek Correctional Facility, in Lake County, to close.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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