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Introduction

For the last several years, the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), has reduced the number of adults in custody (AICs) in Disciplinary Segregation (DS) and their length of stay. As part of DOC's commitment to reform, four key partnerships were created in order to learn and implement appropriate changes. These collaborations have helped create a more rehabilitative, and transformational correctional system.

Disciplinary Segregation Dashboard

A Disciplinary Segregation Dashboard is now accessible on DOC's website. In response to the 2023 legislative session's interest in Disciplinary Segregation practices, Senate Bill 2345 emphasized the need for DOC to be transparent about our data. The Disciplinary Segregation Dashboard will showcase our progress within Special Housing.

Our Research Unit, Operations Division, and the Office of the Inspector General collaborated to create this dashboard to meet the transparency expectations set by SB 2345, allowing users to explore and sort data. The dashboard currently focuses on those in DS – stay tuned for future updates as we expand the dashboard to include other special housing units.

If you would like to leave feedback about the Disciplinary Segregation Dashboard click HERE

Navigating the Dashboard - How It Works

When you access the dashboard, you'll find a user-friendly interface that allows you to explore data in various ways, enhancing transparency and understanding. Here's how it works:

Sorting Options: The dashboard allows you to sort data based on key factors such as length of stay, time out of cell, misconduct type, and demographics. 

Aggregate Data: The data presented is aggregate only. We prioritize privacy, and no names of adults in custody will be disclosed. 

Timeline: The data reflects information from January 2024 onward. To maintain accuracy and relevance, historical data before this period is not included.

Details About the Data: For those seeking in-depth information, the "About the Data" tab on the left side of the dashboard offers information into the dataset, its sources, and methodologies.

Dashboard Navigation Support: A helpful video guide is available for users who may need assistance navigating the dashboard.


Key Goals

Our commitment to reducing the use of Disciplinary Segregation is reflected in the significant changes made to Oregon Administrative Rule 291-105 – Prohibited Conduct and Processing Disciplinary Actions. Here are our key goals:

  • Sanction Alignment: Our aim is to match sanctions with the severity of rule violations. By reducing maximum DS sanctions, we ensure a balanced response to each infraction.
  • Balanced System: We're establishing a system where sanctions align with the average lengths of stay for rule violations. This promotes fairness in addressing disciplinary issues.
  • Various Alternatives: We've broadened our range of sanctions, offering alternatives such as cell-ins, written orders, and assignments. This provides effective, varied interventions tailored to individual needs.
  • Individualized Approach: Recognizing unique circumstances, our goal is to adopt an individualized approach to sanctions. Diverse alternatives allow us to tailor interventions for fair outcomes.
  • Rehabilitation Focus: Beyond punishment, our goal is rehabilitation. Changes aim to foster personal growth and positive change, creating an environment conducive to learning and improvement.

Our Commitment

As we unveil this public-facing dashboard, we anticipate questions and are prepared to address them. Our commitment involves ongoing education for users, ensuring a clear understanding of the data and its representation.

The Special Housing Workgroup remains committed to reduce isolation and enhance services for those in Disciplinary Segregation. Please feel free to contact Mandi Perry, Special Housing Administrator with any questions.