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Central Oregon and the new Deer Ridge Correctional Institution

Real Estate Agent with Bend River Realty Inc.

Madras, Oregon is getting a huge boost to their local economy. The addition of Deer Ridge Correctional Institution is expected to produce between 400-500 new jobs for this Central Oregon area with an estimated annual payroll of $22 million dollars. The new Jefferson County facility is situated on 200 acres three miles east of Madras  and will house both minimum and medium security inmates. The new men's prison will contain 644 minimum security beds and 1240 medium security beds. Construction is almost complete and the new prison will begin taking inmates in September of 2007.

Deer Ridge Corrrectional Institute-Panoramic View 







Applications for all positions at DRCI are currently being accepted. Click here for more information on the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution.


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Kelli Fronabarger, Central Oregon Real Estate Expert

Bend River Realty-Broker

(541) 419-6300, (541) 322-0224


Comments (7)

Matt Pendleton
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
I hate to see more prisons built; however, your local economy will benefit greatly. 
Mar 27, 2007 07:04 AM
Kelli Fronabarger
Bend River Realty Inc. - Bend, OR
Realtor - Bend Oregon


No one wants another prison. However, the prison workers union is the largest federal employees union in the US and they do sustain over 600,000 jobs. These new jobs will help the Central Oregon economy immensely, especially Madras. Thanks for your comment : )

Mar 27, 2007 10:37 AM
Team Rudi
Nelson Real Estate, Inc. - Baker City, OR

Hi, Kelli!

Great blog. I know here in Baker City, our economy definitely benefits from the Powder River Correctional Facility. I know the competition is fierce for prison siting and that Madras won out over several other contenders. Congrats to Madras!

Mike Rudi
Team Rudi - Nelson Real Estate, Inc.

Mar 27, 2007 05:14 PM
Kelli Fronabarger
Bend River Realty Inc. - Bend, OR
Realtor - Bend Oregon

Team Rudi,

Thanks! It will be interesting to see how Madras changes from this. I have strongly recommended my investors to take a second look at Madras now. Thanks for stopping by ; )

Mar 28, 2007 04:26 AM
A Corrections Professional


Deer Ridge is not a Federal Prison but a State prison that is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Aug 31, 2007 11:19 PM
A Corrections Professional


DRCI is a state facility not Federal. The correctional professionals are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Empoyees union.

Aug 31, 2007 11:21 PM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hi Kelli,

Crime is a reality. We as a society have a right to make our communities safe. If there were no crime we would not need to build more prisons. I think the addition of this state prison is a good thing because it will generate the new jobs you mentioned and those employees will spend their money back into the local community...which overall, helps the economy.

Just my thoughts...


RE/MAX Olympic, Manassas VA


Sep 06, 2007 03:34 PM