News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: July 2nd, 2012 2:57 PM
Sergeant Audrey Jackson-Patton reaches 25-year milestone with DOC
Sgt. Audrey Jackson-Patton celebrated 25 years as a security employee with the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) on April 29, 2012. She is believed to be one of only a few (if not the only) African American women in DOC history to achieve this milestone in the security series.
Sgt. Jackson-Patton's career began in 1987 at the former Oregon Women's Correctional Center in Salem as a Correctional Officer overseeing female inmates. In 1989, she became part of a search team that conducted random and unannounced searches at prisons throughout Oregon. While in this capacity, Sgt. Jackson-Patton trained other staff in drug identification and wrote reports for disciplinary action, criminal prosecution and intelligence operations.
In 1990, Sgt. Jackson-Patton became a transport officer where she was trained in the use of firearms and restraints. She was responsible for escorting and transporting new inmates and parole violators to the Oregon Corrections Intake Center, which at the time was located at the Marion County Jail in Salem.
Sgt. Jackson-Patton has spent the past 21 years at Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) in northeast Portland. She worked through the security ranks and became a sergeant on January 1, 2000. As part of CRCI's security team, Sgt. Jackson-Patton is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the institution by monitoring inmate activities and movements, performing security inspections and cell searches, redirecting negative behavior, reinforcing positive behavior, and role modeling pro-social behavior.
DOC employs 4,300 staff members at 14 institutions and several centralized support facilities throughout the state of Oregon. CRCI houses nearly 600 minimum custody inmates who are within four years of release. CRCI provides a range of correctional services and programs that include alcohol and drug treatment, pre-release and transitional services, adult education, and work opportunities.
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