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Note: See the Corrections Department subdivisions page in the Oregon Blue Book for more information about the history of individual corrections facilities.

The Institutions Branch is responsible for the management of prisons and corrections facilities located in the counties. The basic function is to provide secure housing, treatment, and rehabilitation opportunities to offenders who are sentenced to a term of confinement. The objective is to conduct an in depth analysis of the inmate's problems upon reception, and treat those problems during incarceration while simultaneously planning for release to the community.

Prisons and Facilities operated by the DOC:


Coffee Creek Correctional Facility - Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) is a 1360-bed dual mission facility that comprises Oregon Corrections Intake Center (OCIC) for men and women as well as the state's only multi-custody full-service women's prison. Coffee Creek's minimum security facility opened in October of 2001 and the medium security facility in April of 2002.

Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) - Columbia River Correctional Institution is a minimum security facility located in Portland. The institution opened in 1990 and houses female and male inmates in separate dormitory-style housing units.

Deer Ridge Correctional Institution - To be completed by December 2007.

Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) - The Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton opened in 1985 in the former Eastern Oregon Hospital and Training Center. The medium security prison's primary emphasis is on rehabilitation.

Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) - In 1929, the former State Training School in Salem was turned over to the Penitentiary for use as a subsidiary minimum security prison, called the Annex Farm (later renamed Mill Creek Correctional Facility). The facility, entirely self-funded and still in use today, houses prisoners who care for a dairy herd and a variety of farm animals as well as cultivate land suitable for crops. The inmates, working under the supervision of the prison farmer, produce food for the Penitentiary's needs as well as other institutions. The prisoners' dormitory is equipped with a shop, dining room, kitchen, recreation area and guards' quarters.

Oregon Corrections Intake Center (OCIC) at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility - Under a unique intergovernmental agreement between the State of Oregon and Clackamas County, the Department of Corrections constructed a medium security, 200 bed intake and assessment center adjacent to the Clackamas County Jail in Oregon City, which opened in 1991, the first such center in the state. The center facilitates the induction of male inmates into the state's penal system by centrally housing them until the classification and assessment process is completed.

Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) - The Oregon State Correctional Institution, established by the 1955 legislature, opened in 1959 when the first resident sentenced directly from a state court was received. The Institution, located in Salem, was originally a drop-off point between MacLaren juvenile school and the State Penitentiary. The Institution houses only convicted male felons from Oregon counties who have not served a previous imprisonment in an adult penal institution, are under age 26, and who have not been convicted of the crime of murder, treason, or rape with actual force involved, and provides medium­maximum confinement for felons with less than a ten year sentence. Restoration to useful citizenship is the principal aim of the institution, which provides for academic education, vocational training skills, and the development of useful work habits. OSCI operates a farm program and a forest work camp.

Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) - Oregon State Penitentiary, Oregon's first state prison, was originally located in Portland in 1851. In 1866, OSP was moved to Salem and enclosed by a concrete wall. It is the state's only maximum security prison. The penitentiary has a capacity of 1700 inmates and has housing units for maximum security, disciplinary segregation, offenders with psychiatric problems, and inmates sentenced to death.

Oregon Women's Correctional Center (OWCC) - Recommissioned in 2002 to the Oregon State Penitentiary as a minimum security facility (OSP-M), the Oregon Women's Correctional Center, a medium security facility located adjacent to the State Penitentiary in Salem, opened in 1965 and became autonomous in 1972. Various programs offered to inmates included GED preparation, business skills upgrade, classes at the State Penitentiary, cosmetology, apprenticeships, nurse's aide training, and vocational training. The Women's Release Unit, on the grounds of Oregon State Hospital, allowed inmates to attend college classes or job assignments.

Powder River Correctional Institution (PRCI) - The Powder River Correctional Institution, opened in 1989 in Baker City, was established to provide minimum security inmates with the opportunity to participate in a residential alcohol and drug-treatment program or labor-camp program prior to their release. The inmates follow a strict regimen of work, education, individual and group counseling, family therapy, recreation and other program activity from 10 to 12 hours daily.

Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) - Santiam Correctional Institution, a minimum-security facility in Salem, offers community reintegration programs for inmates prior to release from secure facilities. While waiting for release, inmates are assigned to supervised work programs in the community and participate in transitional program activities.

Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) - Shutter Creek Correctional Institution, a former Air National Guard Radar Station in North Bend which was converted into a minimum security labor camp for men, opened in 1990. The site consists of 56 acres containing 20 buildings surrounded by forest land. The majority of the inmates are employed on "public service work crews" in the forests, parks, highways, beaches and waterways. The institution offers work programs, adult education programs, drug and alcohol treatment, and religious activities.

Snake River Correctional Facility (SRCF) - In Ontario, the Snake River Correctional Facility houses, in separate sections, both medium security and minimum security inmates. Minimum security inmates work in the prison warehouse and motor pool, and maintain the prison grounds.

South Fork Forest Camp (SFFC) - Since 1951, minimum security South Fork Forest Camp inmates have been employed in the Tillamook burn area assisting the State Forestry Department in its reforestation program. Several inmate forest fire­fighting crews are trained and maintained at this facility and are utilized on major forest fires throughout the state. Through agreement with the federal government, conscientious objectors to military service could also serve their respective sentences at the camp.

Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) - Designated as an education/work facility for long-term inmates, its programs focus on Adult Basic Education and GEDs. Cognitive programs that teach and encourage self change are also available. The prison provides minimum-custody inmate work crews for community service projects. It also sends crews out daily for other work projects, under contract primarily to government agencies. Inmate crews also work on landscaping projects on prison property. Inside work activities include institution maintenance and a commercial laundry. Two Rivers Correctional Institution’s groundbreaking occurred on April 5, 1997. The institution was substantially complete on March 10, 2000. Operation of the housing units was phased in between December 1999 and September 2001, when the last housing unit was occupied, for a total inmate capacity of 1,632.

Warner Creek Correctional Facility (WCCF) - Warner Creek Correctional Facility (WCCF) is a 400-bed minimum security facility that opened in September 2005. The facility is located approximately four miles northwest of the Town of Lakeview. WCCF’s 260 inmates are all scheduled for release within three years. Programs and work are designed to facilitate successful re-entry to Oregon communities. The facility employs 105 correctional professionals on its 91 acre prison site. The facility includes areas for inmate housing, work and education programs, health services, food services, physical plant, warehouse and storage, vehicle maintenance, administration and other related functions. Construction of WCCF halted in the fall of 2002 due to the state's budget situation. The 2003-2005 Legislatively Adopted Budget included authority to restart the prison's construction.

MacLaren and Hillcrest Schools, 1965-1971

MacLaren and Hillcrest Schools for juveniles were operated by the Corrections Division between 1965 and 1971. When the Children Services Division in the Department of Human Resources was created, the Corrections Division's role with the institutions was discontinued.

Hillcrest School of Oregon- Hillcrest School of Oregon, founded in 1913 in Salem, houses girls between 12 and 21 who are committed by the courts to a close custody institution. The goals of the school are to foster the development and practice of constructive social attitudes as well as sound moral values so each student can grow into a well balanced and responsible individual. In the 1973-75 biennium, Hillcrest School explored a co-educational and co-residential program with MacLaren School for Boys. Boys are chosen from MacLaren when it is felt they can profit by the program at Hillcrest. The Robert S. Farrell High School, the educational component of Hillcrest, is a standard high school in that all credits accrued are acceptable at public schools. The high school is now co-educational and provides close custody education.

MacLaren School for Boys- The MacLaren School, originally called the State Reform School, was established in Salem in 1891 to school and house juvenile offenders. In 1927 the facilities moved to their present location in Woodburn. Residential care is provided for boys, between the ages of 12 and 21, who are committed by juvenile court. The school's goal is to integrate students into their home communities as law-abiding, responsible and productive individuals. A work release program allows students to maintain regular employment in the immediate Woodburn area, while continuing to reside at the school

In addition to the prisons and facilities operated by the DOC, the Institutions Branch consists of the following units:

Classification and Transfer - Assesses the risk of inmates to engage in behavior that presents a danger to other inmates, staff, or the orderly management of the institutions. Inmates are classified as Minimum, Medium I, Medium II, Close, or Maximum custody. Approves and coordinates the transfers of all inmates between facilities.
Bed Rental - Manages the rental of space for Oregon inmates in other than state institutions.
Gang Management - Includes Gang Task Force consisting of Gang Managers from each institution; staff training; and dissemination of gang information.
Interstate Compact - Monitors the compact in relation to Oregon inmates.
Transportation - Transports all transferred inmates between Department institutions, to medical appointments and to scheduled court appearances.
Fugitive Apprehension - Unit responds immediately to institution escapes to coordinate immediate apprehension efforts.
Emergency Response - Unit responds immediately to emergency situations within institutions.
Institution Branch Records - Centralized records unit responsible for maintaining institution files for inmates.

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