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About Us
Office of the Inspector General
Department of Corrections Vision:
  • We take a proactive role in the development of criminal justice policy.
  • We create partnerships with Oregon communities to hold offenders accountable, engage victims, and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Oregon.
  • We are a committed, creative, and productive organization which recognizes safety and security as an essential business practice.
  • We require sound fiscal management of public resources using outcome-oriented strategies.
  • We provide offender programs and resources which support the department's mission.
  • We are a diverse, skilled work force which shares the responsibility for outcomes across organizational boundaries.
Mission Statement
Department of Corrections Mission:
The mission of the Oregon Department of Corrections is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.
Annual Performance Measures

The Office of the Inspector General provides an oversight function on behalf of the director and deputy director of the Department of Corrections. The division comprises two units: Investigations and Rules/Hearings.
The Investigations Unit is responsible for investigating allegations of inmate, employee, and visitor misconduct; collects evidence of criminal behavior for referral to the State Police; investigates conspiracies to introduce contraband into the prisons; monitors inmate communications; searches for fugitives; and performs other functions as requested by the director.
The Rules/Hearings Unit prepares and distributes the agency rules and procedures throughout the department. This unit is the department's liaison with the Department of Justice and performs official archival duties for the department. Hearings officers assigned to the unit adjudicate inmate misconduct, holding them accountable for their behavior through a matrix of sanctions that may include the loss of privileges, fines and disciplinary segregation time.