PENDLETON, Ore. -- Oregon's policy of mandatory furloughs for state employees has not produced expected savings at a pair of prisons.
That's according to a new state audit released Thursday.
The audit examined overtime and personnel costs at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville and Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla.
Gary Blackmer is the director of the audits division. He told the East Oregonian newspaper that furloughs have been largely ineffective at cutting costs because prisons require round-the-clock coverage.
Having an employ on furlough often means the prison pay someone else overtime to cover the vacated shift.