Audits in the News: Oregon Youth Authority needs to offer more transition options for female youth offenders.
We here in the audits division are proud that the work we do makes a difference. Our work attracts the attention of the legislature, statewide news sources, and even local media outlets. Local media coverage of our audits is just another way we communicate with the people of Oregon about the work that we’re doing on their behalf to make government better. This is part of an ongoing series of posts rounding up recent instances in which the Oregon Audits Division makes a cameo in the local news.
The Audits Division recently released its performance audit of the Oregon Youth Authority, which found significantly fewer transition services available to female youth offenders than their male counterparts.
KTVZ – Audit: OYA transition help for young women falling short
“An audit released Thursday by the office of Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins finds that transition services for female youth in state custody lag behind those available to males. While a transition program for young women currently exists as a pilot program, funding for the female-centered services are only allocated through mid-2017 and the program’s future is in question if additional resources are not secured, they noted.”
KLCC – Female Juvenile Offender Programs Found Lacking
“A recent audit by the Secretary of State’s office finds transition programs for female youth in state custody lag behind those available to males. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the unequal service is a problem for county juvenile departments and the Oregon Youth Authority.”
The Register-Guard – Editorial: A shortage of services
“Young women and girls make up a growing percentage of offenders in the juvenile justice system in Oregon. But services to help them get back on track and become productive members of their communities are sorely lacking, according to a new audit by the secretary of state’s office.”