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Sheridan prison complex well over capacity

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The medium-security federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon, is 47 percent over its intended population.

A U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke tells The Oregonian ( ) that Sheridan's Federal Correctional Institution had 1,134 inmates as of this week. It's built for just 769.

Burke says overcrowding is a national problem because bed space has not kept pace with the rising population in federal prisons. Officials manage the overcrowding by double and triple bunking inmates.

More than half the prisoners in the federal prison system are serving time for drug and immigration crimes.

Information from: The Oregonian,


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