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  • 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 
  • First Lady Cylvia Hayes Tours Award-Winning DOC Recycling Center

    FirstLadyRecyclingTour.jpgFirst Lady Cylvia Hayes learned about the Oregon Department of Corrections' (ODOC) sustainable practices during a tour of its Salem facility, which recycles items from the state's 14 prisons.

    "Our precious resources in Oregon should be preserved for future generations," First Lady Cylvia Hayes said. "The Department of Corrections is doing its party by accepting the challenge the change its practices. With inmates' help, our prisons recycle more, save energy and reuse items to be more sustainable and conscientious of our environment."

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  • Department of Corrections Statewide Awards
    awardpic.jpgRecently, employees, volunteers and contractors of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) were recognized for their outstanding work in supporting the agency's mission. The statewide awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 13, to honor these individuals as part of the National Correctional Officers and Employees Week (NCEW).
     
    In his proclamation of NCEW, Governor Kitzhaber commended adult and juvenile correctional workers for "holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior and future victimization."
     
    DOC employees 4,300 staff members at 13 institutions and several centralized support facilities throughout the state.  
     
     
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