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Frequently Asked Questions - Work Crews
Will Sex Offenders be a part of work crews?  Sex offenders are not eligible for work crew placements. 
 
Are security officers armed inside the facility and on work crews?
No, correctional officers are not armed.  While on work crews, correctional officers are equipped with radios and cell phones to make contact with the correctional facility and/or local law enforcement should an emergency arise.

Will day passes be issued to inmates without escort?
ODOC does not issue day passes to any inmates.  Work crews are always supervised by either an ODOC employee or other trained supervisor (e.g., Department of Forestry employee supervising a fire fighting crew).

How will inmate work crews affect the availability of jobs for local youth?
Measure 17 (which was passed by Oregon voters in November, 1994, and went into effect April 1, 1995) requires that all inmates spend 40 hours per week in work or on-the-job training programs.  Based on information available from other Oregon facilities, jobs performed by inmates are typically labor intensive and are not adequately funded to pay at prevailing minimum wage.  Experience indicates that jobs done by inmate work crews have no impact on jobs available for youth.

Are inmates available for private hire?  Under what terms?  What is the cost of hiring work crews for private companies?
As defined in Measure 17, inmates are available for hire by the private sector. Currently, an inmate work crew ( which consists of one correctional officer and 10 inmates) are available for approximately $400 per day.