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  • Oregon State Penitentiary dedicates one of a kind Veterans' Wall Memorial
    Memorial_Pic_ website.jpgOn May 30, 2014, in a dedication ceremony with the Army National Guard Honor Guard accompanied by bagpipes and drums, the veterans incarcerated at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) unveiled a veterans' wall memorial. It is believed to be the first memorial of its kind within a state or federal correctional facility. The 117 honorably discharged adults in custody of the OSP Veterans’ Association (representing all five military service branches) worked in partnership with the Penitentiary’s administration and staff to complete the project. Adults in custody raised 100 percent of the construction budget through fundraising events and donations from community supporters. 
     
    Representatives from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Oregon Department of Corrections, and various veterans’ organizations were in attendance alongside incarcerated veterans dedicating the memorial wall to honor the memory of all American veterans.  
     
    Founded in 1996, the OSP Veterans’ Association is an inmate organization with the chartered mission of supporting veterans while incarcerated and preparing veterans for return to the community. Various self-run and self-funded programs including PTSD services, the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), veteran benefits counseling, and a veteran wellness program support the association motto, “Vets helping Vets.” 
  • 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.  
     
     
  • Oregon Department of Corrections honored with local green award
    The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) was named Recycler of the Year on Saturday, March 1, at the 2014 Mid-Valley Green Awards Ceremony in Salem. The awards honor and celebrate sustainable, earth-conscious, and responsible companies, organizations, and individuals.
                                               
    Over the past several years, DOC has employed sustainable strategies such as reducing energy consumption, enhancing recycling efforts, and investing in gardening and composting. The agency is continually looking at new and innovative approaches to sustainability.
     
    One approach is the development of a fully operational recycle center to collect all recyclables from the department’s 14 prisons. The center currently recycles the following items:
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