In September 2016, the Department of Corrections (DOC) launched a new web site for the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) Hobby Shop through the new Learning Entrepreneurship, Arts and Production (LEAP) program for the public to purchase a variety of inmate crafted goods, including leather work, art work, wood work, fishing supplies, and jewelry.
The 40 inmates assigned to the OSP Hobby Shop are responsible for purchasing their own supplies, tools, and equipment, which in turn teaches them money management skills and financial accountability. (Inmates have to pay taxes on all items sold.) In addition, each of the inmates participating in the program have obtained a business license which they are required to renew biannually. These crafters 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. In December 2015, a group of crafters from the OSP Hobby Shop donated all their “Black Friday” proceeds to the Portland Rescue Mission who in turn utilized those profits to help those who need it most.
The Hobby Shop Supervisor, a DOC employee, oversee the online store and all day-to-day operations within the Hobby Shop. Please visit our online store.