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  • SRCI "Blue Room" named in TIME Magazine's Best Inventions of 2014
    The Blue Room at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) has been named as one of TIME Magazine’s “25 Best Inventions of 2014,” an accomplishment of which the institution is very proud. This is due in large part to the desire of SRCI staff to see something meaningful come to life through their efforts. 
    The Blue Room is a groundbreaking nature imagery research project, developed through a partnership with the Utah Sustainability in Prisons Project. In 2013, SRCI began working with University of Utah Professor Nalini M. Nadkarni, who was exploring ways that nature positively impacts individuals and the effect it could have on those who are incarcerated. To incorporate Professor Nadkarni’s concepts with the prison’s needs, SRCI decided to place nature imagery, through video and audio, in one of the recreation areas of SRCI’s Intensive Management Unit (IMU). The Blue Room, as it is known, is a fairly simple combination of modern technology, correctional practices, crisis intervention, and behavior de-escalation.
  • Thousands of DOC inmates contribute to a successful 2014 fire season

    Each year the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) team up to select and train inmates to dispatch to wildfires. Inmates are selected to serve on supervised 10-person crews and have to complete the same nationally certified firefighter training course as their civilian counterparts. They learn the fundamentals of wildfire behavior, firefighting techniques, communication, and safety.

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  • Oregon DOC receives two awards for outstanding sustainability efforts
    The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) was recently presented with two awards for its commitment to sustainability practices: a Portland Business Journal Innovation in Sustainability Award, and the Governor’s Sustainability Award from Business Oregon.
    On November 18, the Portland Business Journal presented DOC with a 2014 Innovation in Sustainability Award in the “waste” category for its commitment to recycling. Part of DOC’s efforts in this area is the development of a fully-operational recycling center that collects all recyclables from the department’s 14 prisons. The center recycles everything from ballistic vests to metals to shoes.
  • Oregon State Penitentiary Hobby Shop Open to Public
    hobbyshoplogo.JPGIn May 2014, the Department of Corrections (DOC) launched an online hobby shop for the public to purchase a variety of inmate crafts, including leather works, paintings, and metal jewelry.
    The 57 inmates assigned to the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) hobby shop are responsible for purchasing their own supplies, tools, and equipment, which in turn teaches them money management skills and financial accountably (inmates have to pay taxes on all items sold). These inmates are not paid to work in the shop; rather the online hobby shop provides a forum to sell their work. This allows them to earn money to purchase more supplies, save money for their release, pay child support, pay restitution, assist their families, pay for school, or even to give to charities.
    The hobby shop supervisor, a DOC employee, oversees the online store and manages the PayPal accounts. The website comes at no cost to the department.
    Please visit the OSP Hobby Shop 
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