Oregon Prisons Were Ordered to Protect Veteran Benefits. They Tried to Find a Loophole Instead

“This is the most outrageous treatment I’ve seen of veterans in 10 years,” says Jesse Barton, a Salem lawyer and longtime advocate for incarcerated veterans in Oregon. “I guess the DOC has concluded they can take money from the most vulnerable veterans without consequences.”

Complaints about the accounts went ignored by the DOC and Oregon Department of Justice for months. But Gov. Kate Brown, in the midst of a tight race for re-election, has reversed her prisons chief and Justice Department—and last week ordered them to change the policy.

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