Oregon Department of Corrections

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Oregon Department of Corrections
Oregon DOC.jpg
Patch of the Oregon Department of Corrections
Agency overview
Employees 4,404
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Oregon, USA
Map of USA OR.svg
Map of Oregon Department of Corrections's jurisdiction.
Size 98,466 square miles (255,030 km2)
Population 3,930,065 (2013 est.)[1]
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Salem, Oregon
Agency executive Colette S. Peters, Director
Prisons 14
Oregon DOC Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Oregon Department of Corrections is the agency of the U.S. state of Oregon charged with managing a system of 14 state prisons since its creation by the state legislature in 1987. In addition to having custody of offenders sentenced to prison for more than 12 months, the agency provides program evaluation, oversight and funding for the community corrections activities of county governments. It is also responsible for interstate compact administration, jail inspections, and central information and data services regarding felons throughout the state. It has its headquarters in Salem.[2]


The Oregon Department of Corrections operates 14 facilities across the state, with the Oregon State Penitentiary the only Maximum Security facility.

Aerial photograph of the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution

Death row[edit]

Male death row inmates are held at Oregon State Penitentiary. Women on death row are held at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility until shortly before their execution. The execution chamber is at Oregon State Penitentiary.[3]

Private prisons[edit]

The state of Oregon does not use private prisons,[4] and as of 2001 outlawed its former practice of exporting state prisoners to other states.[5]

An effort in 1996 had about 12% of Oregon's prisoner population exported to private facilities run by Corrections Corporation of America in Texas and Arizona. The experiment ended after escapes,[6] sexual contact between guards and inmates at Central Arizona Detention Center,[7] and a controversy related to CCA's housing of 240 Oregon sex offenders in a private facility near Houston Intercontinental Airport. Local authorities were only notified of their presence after two had escaped.[8]

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Oregon Department of Corrections in 1987, ten officers have died in the line of duty.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Oregon Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  3. ^ "Capital Punishment in Oregon -Statistics ." Oregon Department of Corrections. Retrieved on February 19, 2016.
  4. ^ http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/inc_Too_Good_to_be_True.pdf page 5
  5. ^ Merchandizing Prisoners: Who Really Pays for Prison Privatization?, by Byron Eugene Price, page 99
  6. ^ "Oregon inmate escapes at Ariz. prison". Tucson Citizen. Associated Press. 9 September 1996. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Idaho Prison Contractor Investigated On Sex Charges". The Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. 10 October 1997. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Texas authorities fuming over Oregon inmate escape". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. 10 August 1996. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  9. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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