Reform school stories: Not much change in 124 years

April 20, 2015 6:22 PM

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Charles was 10 when he went to the Oregon State Reform School — today known as MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. He was the right age for fourth or fifth grade, just a little guy, outgrowing his jeans every five weeks.

At the beginning of the 20th century, however, he was labeled "incorrigible" in elaborate cursive inside an enormous bound book. His father died when he was very small, the record says, and his mother abandoned him to strangers.

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