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Office of Population Management

Office of Population Management Overview

In 2006, the Office of Population Management (OPM) was created to provide strategic planning, oversight, and communication to processes that had become too large and complex to manage individually. The department recognized a systematic approach was needed to improve processes and procedures for movement and housing of inmates as well as projection of future housing needs. Today the Office of Population Management has oversight of wide variety of functions including:   
·        Management of DOC’s high risk inmate population and oversight of the SPM Committee which reviews Intensive Management Unit (IMU) and Administrative Housing placements.
·        Evaluation of systems including: Inmate Classification, prison term reduction/application of earned time credits, and internal classification systems such as work placement designations, cell-mate and unfenced housing assignments.
·        Ongoing coordination of minimum custody inmate placement.
·        Oversight of the conflict management system used by the department for tracking of inmate to inmate and staff to inmate conflicts.
·        Oversight of the Treatment Assignment Screening Committee, a multi-disciplinary team that determines treatment need and program placement for Alternative Incarceration Programming (AIP).
·        Collaboration with Information Technology Services (ITS) to develop and implement computer systems.
·        Oversight of the Department’s Interstate Corrections Compact (ICC) program for those inmates who are transferring between states during their incarceration.
·        Oversight and case management of those inmates who are housed with other jurisdictions but receiving credit for Oregon sentences.
·        Oversight of case management services for youthful offenders convicted of adult crimes and housed with Oregon Youth Authority.
Contact info: 503-378-5854
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request an Interstate Compact Transfer and what are the requirements?
As with in-state transfers, we are unable to accommodate interstate compact transfers for visiting or hardship reasons. The Interstate Corrections Compact (ICC) program is utilized to find alternative housing for those with safety and security concerns within Oregon DOC and who have exhausted all in-state housing options. Should the adult in custody be administratively referred for ICC transfer, they are not able to select a receiving state. We make every effort to identify a state that meets case plan and security needs. We encourage each adult in custody to work directly with their institution counselor or security staff regarding housing and safety concerns.
Why was my family member transferred out of state?
Interstate Correction Compacts (ICC) are driven by administrative referral and can occur for a number of reasons with the most common being for safety or security purposes. Unfortunately, we are often not able to disclose exact reasons for any transfer.
How do I request an Interstate Compact Transfer for post-prison supervision?
Interstate Compacts for post-prison supervision are initiated through coordination with the release counselor. Approximately 4-6 months from release the adult in custody will be assigned a release counselor; at that time they should discuss the desire to transfer their post-prison supervision. This program is run by the Community Corrections Division.
My loved one feels he/she is unsafe or has security concerns at their institution.  What should they do?
We encourage your loved one to work directly with his or her institution counselor and security staff to address any safety or security concerns. These staff will work on evaluating the situation and, if necessary, make changes to the housing arrangements.
My loved one has been told that a transfer request was submitted, but they have yet to move. When will this move occur?
There is no clear time frame for how long it takes between initiation of the request and completion of transfer. Each request is continually reviewed on its own merit then prioritized based on the adult in custody’s needs. Those who have a specific program need, medical/ mental health concerns, and impending release date take priority over general moves. Typically, we work towards having the adult in custody transferred to the facility closest to their county of release within the last 12 months of incarceration. Should your loved one have questions regarding the status of their transfer request, he or she can work directly with their institution counselor.
What can my loved one do to get moved closer to home?
We wish we could accommodate the many requests for adults in custody to be housed near those who can visit.  However, this is not always possible. At the time of intake, a number of assessments are completed and a Correctional Plan developed for each adult in custody.  Programs and services vary at locations across the state and we prioritize housing so that each adult in custody is able to access these services at the most appropriate times during his or her period of incarceration.
We appreciate the understanding of those who support or act on behalf of adults in custody. We support positive relationships between those in custody and their loved ones. In addition to in-person visits, we encourage families and friends to communicate regularly through letters, telephone visits, Video Interactive Phone (VIP) calls, and Telmate messages and photo exchanges. More information on these services can be found at:  http://www.oregon.gov.doc.Pages/Information-for-friends-and-family.aspx
Does ODOC facilitate transfers for hardship reasons?
We are unable to accommodate transfers for visiting or hardship reasons. In the unfortunate case of an impending death of an immediate family member, an adult in custody can work with his or her counselor for a temporary transfer to a location that can better accommodate final visits.
Why is my loved one housed in a medium custody facility when they are Custody Classification Level 1 or 2 and could be housed in a minimum custody facility?
There are many possible reasons for housing a person whose Custody Classification Level would allow them the possibility of housing in a minimum custody facility. Reasons could include: medical issues, program or other Case Plan issues, or waiting for a minimum bed to open up. The adult in custody will be able to speak with his or her counselor to get accurate information and then share that information as he or she desires.
How do I find out if my loved one is eligible for programming?
Programming is based on individual needs and influenced by several factors. We encourage your loved one to work with his or her counselor in regard to all programming questions.  Counselors will assist with the continuous development of a case plan to address programming needs.
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