2013 ORS § 420.011¹
Admissions to youth correction facilities
  • assignment of persons within custody of Department of Corrections
  • temporary assignment
  • return to Department of Corrections custody

(1) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, admissions to the youth correction facilities are limited to youth offenders who are at least 12 but less than 19 years of age, found by the juvenile court to have committed an act that if committed by an adult would constitute aggravated murder, murder, a felony or a Class A misdemeanor and placed in the legal custody of the Oregon Youth Authority. A youth offender admitted to a youth correction facility may not be transferred by administrative process to any penal or correctional institution.

(2)(a) In addition to the persons placed in the legal custody of the youth authority under ORS 419C.478 (Commitment to Oregon Youth Authority or Department of Human Services) (1) or 419C.481 (Guardianship and legal custody of youth offender committed to Oregon Youth Authority), and with the concurrence of the Director of the Oregon Youth Authority or the directors designee, persons who are committed to the Department of Corrections under ORS 137.124 (Commitment of defendant to Department of Corrections or county) and meet the requirements of ORS 137.124 (Commitment of defendant to Department of Corrections or county) (5) or (7) may be temporarily assigned to a youth correction facility as provided by ORS 137.124 (Commitment of defendant to Department of Corrections or county) (5) or (7). A person assigned on such a temporary basis remains within the legal custody of the Department of Corrections and such reassignment is subject to termination by the Director of the Oregon Youth Authority by referring the person back to the Department of Corrections as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection.

(b) After a person is transferred to the physical custody of the youth authority under ORS 137.124 (Commitment of defendant to Department of Corrections or county) (5) or (7), the Director of the Oregon Youth Authority may refer the person back to the Department of Corrections for physical custody and placement if the director, after consulting with the Department of Corrections, determines that the person:

(A) Poses a substantial danger to youth authority staff or persons in the custody of the youth authority; or

(B) Is not likely, in the foreseeable future, to benefit from the rehabilitation and treatment programs administered by the youth authority and is appropriate for placement in a Department of Corrections institution.

(3) Any person under 18 years of age at the time of committing the crime and under 20 years of age at the time of sentencing and commitment who, after waiver under ORS 419C.349 (Grounds for waiving youth to adult court), 419C.352 (Grounds for waiving youth under 15 years of age), 419C.364 (Waiver of future cases) or 419C.370 (Waiver of motor vehicle, boating, game, violation and property cases) or sentencing under ORS 137.707 (Adult prosecution of 15-, 16- or 17-year-old offenders) (5)(b)(A) or (7)(b) or 137.712 (Exceptions to ORS 137.700 and 137.707), is sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections, and any person under 16 years of age who after waiver under ORS 419C.349 (Grounds for waiving youth to adult court), 419C.352 (Grounds for waiving youth under 15 years of age), 419C.364 (Waiver of future cases) or 419C.370 (Waiver of motor vehicle, boating, game, violation and property cases) or sentencing under ORS 137.707 (Adult prosecution of 15-, 16- or 17-year-old offenders) (5)(b)(A) or (7)(b) or 137.712 (Exceptions to ORS 137.700 and 137.707) is sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the county jail, shall be temporarily assigned to a youth correction facility by the Department of Corrections, or by the sheriff to whose custody the person has been committed, pursuant to ORS 137.124 (Commitment of defendant to Department of Corrections or county) (6). The director shall designate the appropriate youth correction facility or schools for such assignment. A person assigned to a youth correction facility under ORS 137.124 (Commitment of defendant to Department of Corrections or county) (6) and this subsection remains within the legal custody of the Department of Corrections or sheriff to whose custody the person was committed. The assignment of such a person to the youth correction facility is subject, when the person is 16 years of age or older, to termination by the director by referring the person back to the Department of Corrections or the sheriff to serve the balance of the persons sentence. Assignment to a youth correction facility pursuant to ORS 137.124 (Commitment of defendant to Department of Corrections or county) (6) and this subsection, if not terminated earlier by the director, shall terminate upon the persons attaining the age specified in ORS 420A.010 (Creation and duties) (5) setting the age limits for which the Oregon Youth Authority may retain legal and physical custody of the person, and the person shall be referred to the Department of Corrections or the sheriff having legal custody of the person to serve the balance of the persons sentence.

(4) Whenever a person committed to the custody of the Department of Corrections is temporarily assigned to a youth correction facility pursuant to this section, the youth authority may provide programs and treatment for the person, and may adopt rules relating to conditions of confinement at the youth correction facility, as the youth authority determines are appropriate. However, the person remains subject to laws and rules of the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision relating to parole. [1965 c.616 §31; 1969 c.679 §5; 1971 c.401 §98; 1971 c.458 §1; 1975 c.182 §1; 1983 c.815 §2; 1985 c.631 §7; 1987 c.320 §159; 1993 c.33 §343; 1993 c.546 §122; 1995 c.422 §§89,89a; 1995 c.423 §28; 1997 c.433 §13; 1999 c.109 §1; 2003 c.396 §140]