We take a proactive role in the development of criminal justice policy.
We create partnerships with Oregon communities to
hold offenders accountable, engage victims, and enhance the quality of
life for the citizens of Oregon.
We are a committed, creative, and productive
organization which recognizes safety and security as an essential
We require sound fiscal management of public resources using outcome-oriented strategies.
We provide offender programs and resources which support the department's mission.
We are a diverse, skilled work force which shares the responsibility for outcomes across organizational boundaries.
| The mission of the Oregon
Department of Corrections is to promote public safety by holding
offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future
criminal behavior. |
|Annual Performance Measures |
Oregon Department of Corrections was created by the 64th Legislative
Assembly in June 1987, and operates under ORS chapter 423. The department's mission
originates in the Oregon Constitution, which was amended in November
1996, to say, “Laws for the punishment of crimes shall be founded on
these principles: protection of society, personal responsibility,
accountability for one’s actions and reformation.” The department has
custody of offenders sentenced to prison for more than 12 months. Oregon
houses offenders in 14 state prisons; one new prison broke ground in 2002.
Oregon Department of Corrections is recognized nationally among
correctional agencies for providing inmates with the cognitive,
behavioral and job skills they need to become productive citizens.
Oregon’s recidivism rate is about 30 percent.
To further focus on safe communities, safe prisons, and a safe workplace, the department created the Oregon Accountability Model.
This purposeful plan is designed to change offenders’ criminal behavior
- during incarceration and post-prison supervision - using evaluation,
education, treatment and work. It begins at the assessment phase during
intake and affects offenders throughout incarceration, reintegration,
and their time on community supervision. It is inspired by the
department’s mission of public safety, offender accountability, and
Because of a rapidly growing inmate population, the state embarked on an ambitious prison construction and expansion program in 1995. The construction schedule
is timed to meet the forecasted demand for beds. As of 2008, the prison
population numbers 14,300; two new prisons have been opened since 2000
and major expansions of several others have been completed or are in
process. The population is expected to top 15,000 inmates by 2011.
The Department of Corrections provides administrative oversight and funding for the community corrections
activities of Oregon’s 36 counties. Oregon counties manage their own
offenders who are subject to jail, parole, post-prison supervision
and/or probation. The department provides interstate compact
administration and jail inspections as well as central information and
data services regarding felons statewide. It is also responsible for
evaluating the performance of community corrections.
department’s culture is driven by integrity, respect and teamwork guided
by a strong vision that includes leadership, partnerships, and
productivity. Department staff are actively involved in their
communities, serving on commissions, participating in volunteer
organizations, coaching kids’ teams and otherwise giving their time to
enhance the quality of life for all Oregonians.
The Oregon Department of Corrections is responsible for the management and administration of all adult correctional institutions
and other functions related to state programs for adult corrections. It
has seven major divisions and a strong relationship with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, a semi-independent state agency.