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Alternative Incarceration Programs

Alternative Incarceration Program (AIP)

In Oregon, an alternative incarceration program (AIP) is an intensive prison program for select inmates to address criminal risk factors. Alternative incarceration was established by the 1993 Legislature with House Bill 2481, creating the Summit program. Ten years later, the 2003 Oregon Legislature authorized the Department of Corrections to establish residential AIPs that emphasize intensive alcohol and drug treatment (House Bill 2647).

Each inmate receives an Alternative Incarceration Program (AIP) application at Intake. There are several requirements for participation in an AIP:
  • The inmate expresses interest in attending an AIP program by signing the AIP application and placing a mark in the "YES" box on the application.
  • The inmate’s judgment order specifically authorizes alternative incarceration eligibility.
  • The inmate was not sentenced to a mandatory minimum sentence or under another disqualifying Oregon Revised Statute.
  • The inmate has achieved minimum-custody status.
  • The inmate does not have open detainers or warrants.
  • The inmate has sufficient time remaining to complete the 270-day program.
NOTE: Placement in an alternative incarceration program is not guaranteed, even if an individual is determined to be eligible for participation. To learn more about AIPs, contact a facility or see the Friends & Family Handbook (pdf).