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Volunteering and Internships

Volunteer and Internship Guidelines

Prospective volunteers must complete an application and undergo a background check. The department holds the ultimate authority to approve or deny a volunteer application. To become a volunteer, an individual must be cleared through the Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS). To clear LEDS, volunteers must have: 

  • No outstanding warrants or pending criminal charges.
  • No misdemeanor convictions in the past two years. No felony convictions or incarcerations in the past five years, or two years for certain volunteer programs. The functional unit manager may on a case-by-case basis approve an individual with no felony convictions or incarcerations in the past three years.
  • No convictions for introduction or supplying contraband as defined in ORS 162.185; or possession, control or delivery of an explosive device or substance; or assisting an inmate to escape or unlawful departure from a correctional facility, including attempt or conspiracy of any of the above.
  • The volunteer may not have been convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) in the past two years or Driving While Suspended (DWS) in the last year. The number and type of other driving offenses or convictions may be considered in determining if the volunteer is a good role model for inmates and offenders.
Volunteers must be:

  • A USA citizen, legal resident, or in the country on a valid visa.
  • At least 18 years old, unless there will be no interaction between the volunteer and inmates.

Applicants with Prior Criminal Convictions

Prospective volunteers with prior felony or misdemeanor convictions who meet the above listed criteria may be approved when the following additional criteria have been met:

  • May be under supervision but must have no parole or probation violations in the past two years, or one year for certain volunteer programs, and approval of his/her parole officer.
  • A prospective volunteer with a prior criminal conviction who performs services inside a correctional facility must have the approval of the facility functional unit manager at each facility where the service will be provided.
For more information on volunteer requirements and restrictions, see the DOC Rule on Volunteer Services/Student Interns

You can apply to become a volunteer or intern by filling out our inquiry form.

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