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  • Celebrating National Volunteer Week

    National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, is not just about random acts of kindness. The movement urges all of us to make giving back to our communities part of our lives. Hundreds of Department of Corrections (DOC) staff give up free time and financial resources to coach, lead 4-H and scouts, tutor reading and math students, serve on school and civic boards and councils, provide search and rescue, support the arts and a myriad of other deserving organizations and programs.

    DOC and thousands of adults in custody benefit from the time and talent donated by nearly 2,000 volunteers coming to us from the communities surrounding our institutions and points beyond. Our volunteers include co-workers who teach skills and provide information concerning areas outside their staff work assignments.

    Check out our flyer.



  • 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 
  • South Fork Forest Camp inmates will plant 350,000 trees in the Tillamook Forest
    “Most people have no idea that there’s a 200-bed prison work camp right in the middle of the Tillamook Forest,” says Nathan Seable. He’s the camp manager at South Fork Forest Camp, a minimum security facility that turns a pre-screened group of low-risk inmates into a productive work force.
    Inmates, who can earn small wages based on an incentive system maintained by crew leaders, can apply to be assigned at South Fork but must have no history of escaping or arson crimes or arrests, and must possess good physical/mental health.
  • 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.
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