A key part of the OAM recognizes that staff interactions with AICs help shape positive behavior. The department encourages staff to influence AICs’ behavior, acknowledge positive change, and provide incentives to engage in pro-social behavior.
Work and programs
Meaningful work is known to contribute to the success of offenders upon release. DOC assesses AICs’ job skills at intake and includes work or training in each individual’s corrections plan.
Many correctional programs contribute to AICs’ preparedness for work (such as education and/or treatment) and others teach AICs the skills they need to gain employment and succeed in the workplace. Most DOC AICs have a job while incarcerated to give them on-the-job experience.
Children and families
DOC encourages productive relationships between families and AICs to strengthen ties and increase the likelihood of success upon release. The period of a parent’s incarceration provides an opportunity for positive intervention with families at risk.
The department has a strong interest in the children of incarcerated parents because they are at risk for developing anti-social behaviors. To improve outcomes for these children and their incarcerated parents, DOC offers opportunities for AICs to take the Parenting Inside Out program, which is a curriculum tailored to the special needs of AIC families.
In addition, DOC coordinates children and family events and other activities designed to bring incarcerated parents together with their children for programming and activities. These and other initiatives provide AICs with tools for successful parenting and allow opportunities for AICs to practice pro-social behaviors.
DOC embraces a statewide commitment to effective transition, including facilitating the seamless movement of offenders from the community to incarceration to community supervision. Eight of the department’s prisons have been identified as re-entry facilities. These prisons are strategically located to encourage coordination with the community. They also deliver the Road to Success transition program, which provides skills-based transition programming designed to address common barriers to reentry.
Connections to the community before release are an important factor in an offender’s successful transition. DOC’s Home for Good project is building a network of faith-based partnerships to aid in the re-entry of individual AICs back to the community.
Community supervision and programs
There are more than 32,000 offenders on probation or post-prison supervision in Oregon communities. DOC continually works in partnership with each county to develop, deliver, and administer best practices regarding supervision, sanctions, and programs for offenders and their families in the communities. The goal is to reduce the risk of future criminal behavior and prevent future victimization.