Kristian Foden-Vencil

Oregon Public Broadcasting

On The Importance of Timing
12:29 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

At Portland Hospital, Counselors Target 'Golden Moment' To Reduce Gang Violence

A Portland hospital is reporting success by bringing gang members together with counselors at just the right moment — immediately after they've been shot. 

Counselors call it the “golden moment.” And after six months, the Healing Hurt People program says so far, it’s working. 

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Death row
2:20 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Oregon murder deemed mentally competent to pursue own death

Convicted killer Gary Haugen leaves Marion County courthouse after a hearing in Salem, Ore., in May.
Associated Press

A Marion County judge ruled Tuesday that convicted killer Gary Haugen is competent to move ahead with his request to be executed. But so far, the execution has not been ordered.

Haugen wants to waive all his appeals to the death sentence and proceed to execution. But this summer, the state Supreme Court stopped execution plans and ordered the inmate be mentally evaluated.

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Death row
1:37 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Oregon murderer explains why he wants to be executed

Convicted killer Gary Haugen leaves Marion County courthouse after a hearing in Salem, Ore., in May.
Associated Press

On Tuesday, a judge in Salem, Ore., will hold a competency hearing for convicted killer Gary Haugen.

Haugen wants to waive all his appeals to the death sentence and proceed to execution. But his former lawyers have raised questions about his mental competency. Haugen spoke to a reporter by phone from prison. The widow of one of the people Haugen is convicted of murdering responded in a separate interview.

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