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Dept. of Corr. - Recently Adopted Rules
This page contains rules that have been adopted by ODOC within the last three months, including temporary rules. Rules published by the Secretary of State are available online on a site maintained by the Oregon Secretary of State. The permanent rule compilation published by the Secretary of State are updated the first of every month.  
 
 
Video Interactive Calls and Phone Calls for Inmate in ODOC Facilities
 
The department has expanded its telephone system for inmates, to include video interactive phone (VIP) calls. These temporary rules are necessary to establish policy and procedures governing the use of VIP calls. Other changes are necessary to reflect operational and organizational changes that have occurred in the department.
 
Effective: 7/8/14
 
 
Periodic Reviews for Inmates Assigned to the Intensive Management Unit
 
These temporary rules are necessary to modify the department’s process for conducting meaningful periodic reviews of inmates assigned to IMU.  Other changes are necessary to reflect operational and organizational changes within the department.
 
Effective: 7/1/14
 
 
Identification and Management of Inmates that Present with Nonconforming Gender at Intake
 
These temporary rules are necessary to establish the department's policy and procedures for the identification, assessment, review, and management of inmates that present with nonconforming gender at intake to the Department of Corrections.
 
Effective: 6/25/14
 
 
 
Possession and Storage of Personal Firearms for Corrections Officers at Department of Corrections Facilities
 
HB 4035 from the 2014 legislative session directs the Oregon Department of Corrections to allow corrections officers employed by the department to possess a firearm and store the firearm in the officer's personal vehicle when the vehicle is parked in a department parking lot if the department has not provided secure storage for firearms owned by the officers and the officer is present at the department in an official capacity.
 
Currently, employees are prohibited from possessing or storing personal firearms on buildings or grounds owned or occupied by the department. These temporary rules are necessary to establish procedures and employee responsibilities for corrections officers to possess and securely store personal firearms at Department of Corrections facilities.
 
Effective 6/6/14
 
 
Earned Discharge for Offenders
 
These temporary rules are necessary to implement 2013 legislation (HB 3194) that allows offenders sentenced to felony probation or to the legal and physical custody of the supervisory authority under ORS 137.124(2) to receive a reduction in the period of supervision for compliance with the terms of their supervision. These rules establish a process for granting, retracting, and restoring time credits for eligible offenders in accordance with the provisions of ORS 137.633
 
Effective 5/13/14
 
 
Earned Time Credits for Crimes Committed on or after July 1, 2013
 
This rule is necessary to establish by administrative rule changes made to ORS 421.121 with regard to earned time credits from 2010 legislation (SB 1007) that went into effect on July 1, 2013. Inmates serving sentences for crimes committed on or after July 1, 2013 may earn sentence reduction credits up to 20 percent.
 
Effective 5/5/14
 
 
Changes in Classification System for Assigning Custody Levels to Inmates in DOC Custody
 
These modifications are necessary to update the policy and procedure for the classification system for assigning inmates with the appropriate custody level, and to provide clarification for scoring the custody classification guide.
 
In OAR 291-104-0111, the definition for custody level 5 (maximum custody) has been modified to conform the rule to reflect the department's historical policy and practice of classifying inmates that are pending retrial in which a death sentence may be re-imposed as maximum custody, and assigning these inmates to special security housing separate from the general inmate population to provide the maximum level of inmate security, control, and supervision.
 
Within the custody classification guide, the designators for escape history have been modified to more accurately assess an inmate's escape risk. Other changes are of a housekeeping nature to reflect operational changes within the agency.
 
Effective 5/1/14
 
 
 
Assignment of Maximum Custody Inmates to Special Security Housing
 
This rule amendment is necessary to clarify and conform the rule to reflect the department's historical policy and practice of classifying inmates that are pending retrial in which a death sentence may be re-imposed as maximum custody, and assigning these inmates to special security housing separate from the general inmate population to provide the maximum level of inmate security, control, and supervision.
 
Effective 5/1/14