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Oregon Bulletin

September 1, 2011

 

Department of Corrections
Chapter 291

Rule Caption: Mail for inmates that contains clippings or copies in which the subject is nude or partially nude.

Adm. Order No.: DOC 15-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 8-15-2011

Certified to be Effective: 8-15-11

Notice Publication Date: 4-1-2011

Rules Amended: 291-131-0020, 291-131-0025, 291-131-0035, 291-131-0037

Subject: These rule amendments are necessary to clearly establish department policy that incoming and outgoing mail to inmates that contains clippings or copies in which a subject is nude or partially nude is prohibited.

Rules Coordinator: Janet R. Worley—(503) 945-0933

291-131-0020

Outgoing Mail

(1) Outgoing mail must be written with lead or color pencil, pen, nontoxic markers or be typewritten or photocopied.

(2) Outgoing mail, except business mail to department officials in Central Administration sent through the intra departmental mail system, shall be enclosed in an approved DOC envelope with U.S. postage. The outside of the envelope shall contain only the inmate’s committed name, SID number, and return address, and the addressee’s name and address, except official or legal mail labeled as such in accordance with OAR 291-131-0030. If the sender cannot be identified, the mail will be destroyed.

(3) Business mail to Department of Corrections officials in Central Administration shall require the inmate’s complete name, SID number, housing assignment, and return address and the official’s complete name and address.

(4) Outgoing electronic messages shall include the full name and address of the intended recipient and the name and SID number of the inmate sender.

(5) Inmates shall not send any item “prohibited from receipt by mail” as described under OAR 291-131-0035, except as authorized by the functional unit manager.

(6) Inmate-to-Inmate Correspondence:

(a) Inmates are authorized to correspond with other inmates if the correspondence is otherwise in compliance with department rules.

(A) Inmates may send only the following items to another inmate:

(i) Correspondence;

(ii) One drawing per envelope; and

(ii) One photograph per envelope.

(B) Inmates shall not send newspaper or magazine clippings, photocopies, printed web pages, or any other material not listed in subsection (A) above to another inmate through the mail.

(b) All inmate to inmate correspondence shall be routed through the U.S. Postal Service.

(c) Inmates shall not enclose correspondence other than from the inmate sender whose name and return address appears on the front of the envelope. Inmates shall not request another inmate to forward correspondence beyond the immediate addressee.

(d) Inmates shall not send a package to another inmate.

(7) Inmates shall not send correspondence or any item to themselves through the mail.

(8) Inmates shall not use electronic messaging to correspond with other inmates.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Stats. Implemented: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Hist.: CD 18(Temp), f. & ef. 12-18-73 thru 4-17-74; CD 22, f. 6-27-74, ef. 7-25-74; CD 1-1979, f. & ef. 1-4-79; Renumbered from 291-010-0305, CD 11-1980(Temp), f. & ef. 4-10-80; CD 16-1980(Temp), f. & ef. 4-18-80; CD 28-1980, f. & ef. 8-22-80; CD 22-1983(Temp), f. & ef. 6-3-83; CD 27-1983, f. & ef. 7-11-83; CD 57-1985, f. & ef. 8-16-85; CD 14-1988, f. & cert. ef. 10-7-88 (and corrected 10-25-88); CD 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 1-29-92; CD 10-1993, f. 5-5-93, cert. ef. 7-1-93; DOC 20-1998, f. 9-22-98, cert. ef. 12-1-98; DOC 20-2001, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-01; DOC 13-2002, f. 9-11-02 cert. ef. 9-20-02; DOC 5-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-1-07 thru 1-27-08; DOC 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 1-25-08; DOC 4-2011(Temp), f. 3-4-11, cert. ef. 4-1-11 thru 9-28-11; DOC 15-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-11

291-131-0025

Incoming Mail

(1) Incoming mail shall require the sender’s name and return address on the front of the envelope and shall be addressed to the inmate using only his/her committed name and SID number. Incoming electronic messages shall include the name and address of the sender as part of the message and the full name and SID number of the inmate recipient.

(a) Mail whose recipient cannot be identified because of incomplete name or number will be returned to the sender. A reasonable attempt will be made to identify the inmate recipient. If the inmate recipient cannot be positively identified, the mail will be returned to the sender.

(b) Mail with no return address or an incomplete name and return address shall be refused and returned to the U.S. Postal Service or other authorized mail service provider.

(c) The placement of the return address for international mail shall be in accordance with the sending country’s postal regulations.

(2) Incoming mail must be in pen, lead or color pencil, non-toxic markers or be typewritten or photocopied.

(3) Transfers:

(a) Incoming mail to inmates not residing in the receiving facility will be forwarded to the inmate if he/she resides at another Department of Corrections facility.

(b) Incoming mail for inmates temporarily transferred to another criminal justice agency will be held at the facility for seven consecutive days. If the inmate does not return to the facility within seven days, the facility will forward to the agency all accumulated and subsequent mail received at the facility. If the criminal justice agency refuses the forwarded mail, it will be held at the department facility until the inmate has been returned.

(4) Mail received for an inmate who has been released, discharged, or has escaped shall be refused and returned to the U.S. Postal Service or other authorized mail service provider.

(5) New and used books, magazines, and newspapers shall only be received directly from the publisher or distributor.

(a) Multiple copies of the same publication to an inmate shall be prohibited.

(b) Publications that have been previously rejected by the department and altered (i.e., offending pages removed) shall be prohibited.

(6) Inmates may receive catalogs, advertisements, brochures, promotional materials, pamphlets, sweepstakes, and contest materials solicited by the inmate provided the materials are properly addressed with the inmate’s full name and SID number and are received directly at the correct address of where the inmate is currently housed. These materials must conform to any content restrictions contained within this rule.

(7) No notice or administrative review will be provided to the sender or intended inmate recipient for mail refused under subsections (5)(a) and (b) or (6) of this rule.

(8) Packages, except books, magazines, and newspapers received directly from the publisher or distributor, require prior authorization from the functional unit manager or designee.

(9) Central Administration Review of Publications:

(a) Facility mailroom staff shall stamp approval of all accepted books, magazines and other publications (except newspapers) on the front or inside front cover of the publication, together with the inmate’s name, SID number, date accepted, and the authorizing staff’s signature. Books and magazines without the completed stamp on the front or inside the front cover shall be unauthorized and considered contraband.

(b) Unauthorized attachments, enclosures, merchandise, or materials in publications may be removed and destroyed to allow the publication to be delivered to the intended inmate recipient, if the publication is otherwise in compliance with these rules, and doing so would not drastically alter/destroy the publication.

(c) If mailroom staff determine a publication contains material that is prohibited under these or other department administrative rules, the violation notice and prohibited material shall be reviewed by a designated Central Administration official, who will either affirm, reverse or otherwise modify the original rejection decision in writing. The reviewing official shall not take part in any subsequent administrative review of the rejected publication under OAR 291-131-0050.

(10) General correspondence shall be authorized up to 1/4 inch thickness. Legal and official mail received directly from the original source shall be authorized up to three inches thick. Legal and official mail in excess of three inches shall require prior approval from the functional unit manager or designee.

(11) Unauthorized Attachments and Enclosures:

(a) Only the canceled postage stamp, address label, and return address stamp (if used) attached to the front of an envelope or package shall be glued, taped or otherwise affixed to an envelope or package, or its contents.

(b) Only written correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, small pamphlets, photocopies, carbon copies, business cards, hand made drawings, printed web pages, and photographs that meet the content restrictions in these rules may be enclosed in the envelope.

(A) Unauthorized items with minimal monetary value (e.g., paper clips, rubber bands, uncancelled stamps, book marks, envelopes, blank paper, etc.) may be removed and destroyed and the remaining mail sent to the inmate if the remaining contents are otherwise in compliance with department rules.

(B) Small pamphlets, photocopies, carbon copies and hand-made drawings shall be allowed provided the contents do not exceed the one fourth inch thickness limitation as specified in section (10) above.

(C) Newspaper and magazine clippings and photographs shall not exceed ten items for each category.

(D) Freestanding Nude or Partially Nude Images: Newspaper and magazine clippings, photocopies, printed web pages, drawings, photographs, and other media with nude or partially nude subjects, whether human or anime (i.e., cartoon), that depict or display male or female genitalia, pubic area or anus, or expose the female areola, may not be attached to or enclosed in correspondence to inmates.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Stats. Implemented: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Hist.: CD 18(Temp), f. & ef. 12-18-73 thru 4-17-74; CD 22, f. 6-27-74, ef. 7-25-74; CD 1-1979, f. & ef. 1-4-79; Renumbered from 291-010-0310, CD 11-1980(Temp), f. & ef. 4-10-80; CD 16-1980(Temp), f. & ef. 4-18-80; CD 28-1980, f. & ef. 8-22-80; CD 22-1983(Temp), f. & ef. 6-3-83; CD 27-1983, f. & ef. 7-11-83; CD 41-1983(Temp), f. & ef. 10-14-83; CD 13-1984, f. & ef. 4-11-84; CD 57-1985, f. & ef. 8-16-85; CD 14-1988, f. & cert. ef. 10-7-88 (and corrected 10-25-88); CD 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 1-29-92; CD 10-1993, f. 5-5-93, cert. ef. 7-1-93; DOC 20-1998, f. 9-22-98, cert. ef. 12-1-98; DOC 12-2001(Temp) f. & cert. ef. 6-20-01 thru 12-17-01; DOC 20-2001, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-01; DOC 4-2002(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-25-02 thru 9-21-02; DOC 13-2002, f. 9-11-02 cert. ef. 9-20-02; DOC 5-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-1-07 thru 1-27-08; DOC 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 1-25-08; DOC 17-2008, f. 7-18-08, cert. ef. 7-21-08; DOC 4-2011(Temp), f. 3-4-11, cert. ef. 4-1-11 thru 9-28-11; DOC 15-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-11

291-131-0035

Prohibited Mail

The following materials constitute prohibited mail which shall be confiscated or returned to the sender:

(1) Sexually Explicit Material:

(a) Sexually explicit material which by its nature or content poses a threat or is detrimental to the security, good order or discipline of the facility, inmate rehabilitation, or facilitates criminal activity including, but not limited to, the following:

(A) Sexual Acts or Behaviors:

(i) Portrayal of actual or simulated sexual acts or behaviors between human beings including, but not limited to, intercourse, sodomy, fellatio, cunnilingus or masturbation.

(ii) Portrayal of actual or simulated penetration of the vagina or anus, or contact between the mouth and the breast, genitals, or anus.

(iii) Portrayal of actual or simulated stimulation of the breast, genitals, or anus.

(iv) Portrayal of actual or simulated acts or threatened acts of force or violence in a sexual context, including, but not limited to, forcible intercourse (rape) or acts of sadomasochism emphasizing the infliction of pain.

(v) Portrayal of actual or simulated sexual acts or behaviors in which one of the participants is a minor, or appears to be under the age of 18.

(vi) Bestiality: Portrayal of actual or simulated sexual acts or behaviors between a human being and an animal.

(B) Excretory Functions: Portrayal of actual or simulated human excretory functions, including, but not limited to, urination, defecation, or ejaculation.

(C) Personal photographs in which the subject is nude; displays male or female genitalia, pubic area, or anus; or exposes the areola.

(D) Freestanding Nude or Partially Nude Images: Newspaper and magazine clippings, photocopies, printed web pages, drawings contained in incoming mail, and photographs, with nude or partially nude subjects, whether human or anime (i.e., cartoon), that depict or display male or female genitalia, pubic area or anus, or expose the female areola.

(b) No distinction shall be made between depictions of heterosexual and homosexual activity in applying these standards.

(c) Sexually explicit material does not include material of a news or information type, for example, publications covering the activities of gay rights or gay religious groups.

(d) Literary publications shall not be excluded solely because of homosexual themes or references, except for violations of these rules.

(e) Sexually explicit material may be admitted if it has scholarly value, or general social or literary value.

(2) Material That Threatens or is Detrimental to the Security, Safety, Health, Good Order or Discipline of the Facility, Inmate Rehabilitation, or Facilitates Criminal Activity: Material which by its nature or content poses a threat or is detrimental to the security, safety, health, good order or discipline of the facility, inmate rehabilitation, or facilitates criminal activity, including, but not limited to, material that meets one or more of the following criteria:

(a) It incites, advocates, aids or abets criminal activity such as illegal drug use, or instructs in the manufacture, use or conversion of weapons.

(b) It incites, advocates, aids or abets escape, such as picking locks or digging tunnels.

(c) It consists of threats of physical harm to any person or threats of criminal activity.

(d) It contains or concerns sending contraband within, into or out of the facility.

(e) It concerns plans for activities in violation of other Department of Corrections administrative directives.

(f) It contains code that directly threatens or is detrimental to the security, safety, health, good order, or discipline of the facility, inmate rehabilitation, or facilitates criminal activity.

(g) It contains information which, if communicated, would create a clear and present danger of violence and physical harm to a human being.

(h) It contains contraband material.

(i) It contains STG-related paraphernalia.

(j) It contains inflammatory material.

(k) It contains role-playing or similar fantasy games or materials.

(3) Credit or Deferred Billing Transactions: Mail involving credit or deferred billing (e.g., “bill me later” or “payment after delivery”) transactions for the purchase of or subscription to publications (e.g., books, newspapers, magazines) or other items or merchandise is prohibited. Mail prohibited under this subsection includes:

(a) Outgoing inmate requests or purported agreements to enter into a credit or deferred billing transaction.

(b) Incoming publications or other items or merchandise, including promotions (e.g., free gift or premium) items given in exchange for purchase or subscription, received in a Department of Corrections facility which are accompanied by a billing or other statement requiring payment upon delivery or at a later date.

(4) Unauthorized Business Transactions: Mail involving a business transaction not previously approved by the functional unit manager or designee.

(5) Items Prohibited From Receipt by Mail:

(a) Any item or material which an inmate shall not possess within the Department of Corrections facility to which the inmate is assigned.

(b) Material which an inmate shall not possess within the facility or which meets one of the following criteria:

(A) Weapons or explosives;

(B) Narcotics or narcotics paraphernalia;

(C) Intoxicants or medications;

(D) Escape devices;

(E) Money, negotiable instruments, deposit and withdrawal slips, uncancelled stamps, and stamp collections;

(F) Any item larger than 18” x 18” except subscription newspapers;

(G) Any electronic items, including batteries;

(H) Any substance that is unauthorized, including lipstick, crayon, water colors, paint, correction fluid, etc.; or

(I) Polaroid type photographs with a chemical substance on the back of the photograph.

(6) Mail Subject to Outgoing Mail Restriction: Outgoing mail to a person or address to which the inmate has been ordered by the functional unit manager or designee not to send mail.

(7) Any other material that the department deems to pose a threat or to be detrimental to legitimate penological objectives.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Stats. Implemented: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Hist.: CD 18(Temp), f. & ef. 12-18-73 through 4-17-74; CD 22, f. 6-27-74, ef. 7-25-74; CD 1-1979, f. & ef. 1-4-79; Renumbered from 291-010-0315, CD 11-1980(Temp), f. & ef. 4-10-80; CD 16-1980(Temp), f. & ef. 4-18-80; CD 28-1980, f. & ef. 8-22-80; CD 22-1983(Temp), f. & ef. 6-3-83; CD 27-1983, f. & ef. 7-11-83; CD 13-1984, f. & ef. 4-11-84; CD 57-1985, f. & ef. 8-16-85; CD 14-1988, f. & cert. ef. 10-7-88 (and corrected 10-25-88); CD 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 1-29-92; CD 10-1993, f. 5-5-93, cert. ef. 7-1-93; DOC 20-1998, f. 9-22-98, cert. ef. 12-1-98; DOC 16-2001(Temp), f. 7-9-01, cert. ef. 7-11-01 thru 1-7-02; DOC 20-2001, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-01; DOC 13-2002, f. 9-11-02 cert. ef. 9-20-02; DOC 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 1-25-08; DOC 4-2011(Temp), f. 3-4-11, cert. ef. 4-1-11 thru 9-28-11; DOC 15-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-11

291-131-0037

Disposition of Prohibited Mail

(1) Mail, if not confiscated, will be returned to the U.S. Postal Service, or to the applicable mail service provider for not meeting requirements provided in these rules.

(2) Contraband:

(a) Illegal contraband or evidence of crime shall be confiscated and turned over to the Oregon State Police. No notice of confiscation shall be given.

(b) Non-Inmate Sender:

(A) Contraband (including unauthorized attachments or enclosures) not illegal or evidence of crime shall be returned to the non inmate sender with the contents of the envelope or package intact, together with a Mail Violation Notice (CD 618a).

(B) Unauthorized items with minimal monetary value (e.g., paper clips, rubber bands, uncancelled stamps, book marks, envelopes, blank paper, etc.) may be removed and destroyed and the remaining mail sent to the inmate if the remaining contents are otherwise in compliance with department rules. No notice shall be provided to the sender or inmate recipient for the removal and destruction of minimally valued items.

(c) Inmate Sender: Any enclosures (i.e., photographs, hand-made drawings in excess of that allowed) that are not illegal or evidence of crime, or that are otherwise not prohibited in outgoing mail under these rules shall be returned to the inmate sender with the contents of the envelope or package intact, together with a Mail Violation Notice (CD 618a). Any item that poses a threat or is a detriment to the security, good order, or discipline of the facility, or that would encourage or instruct in criminal activity, may be confiscated and retained pending an investigation. If appropriate, the inmate may be issued a misconduct report, in accordance with the rule on Prohibited Inmate Conduct and Processing Disciplinary Actions (OAR 291-105).

(3) Money:

(a) Cash contained in mail shall be confiscated and deposited to the Inmate Welfare Fund. Notice of the confiscation shall be provided to the sender on a Mail Confiscation Notice (CD 618b). A copy of the notice shall also be provided to the intended inmate recipient.

(A) If the cash was concealed in the mail, a written entry shall be made on the Mail Confiscation Notice (CD 618b) to document the method of concealment. If, after an administrative review of the confiscation, it is determined that the sender did not conceal the cash, the money shall be returned to the sender.

(B) Correspondence received in an envelope from which cash has been confiscated shall be delivered to the intended inmate recipient if the correspondence is otherwise in compliance with department rules.

(b) Monies other than cash (e.g., money orders, warrants, personal checks, withdrawal and deposit slips, and certified checks) contained in mail shall be returned to the sender with the contents of the envelope or package intact, together with a Mail Violation Notice (CD 618a). A copy of the Mail Violation Notice shall be provided to the intended inmate recipient.

(A) Prior to returning the mail to the sender, the offending money item shall be photocopied together with the addressee side of the envelope or package.

(B) The photocopy shall be retained by the facility according to archive standards.

(4) Mail with unauthorized or insufficient postage shall be refused and returned to the U.S. Postal Service. Notice of the reason(s) for the mail rejection shall be provided on a form label or stamp affixed to the outside of the envelope or package.

(5) Unauthorized Attachments or Enclosures:

(a) Mail received with unauthorized attachment(s) affixed to the outside of an envelope or package shall remain unopened, be refused and returned to the U.S. Postal Service or applicable mail service provider. Notice of the reason(s) for the mail rejection shall be provided on a form label or stamp affixed to the outside of the envelope or package.

(b) Mail received with unauthorized attachments affixed to the inside of an envelope or package or affixed to the contents of an envelope or package, or mail received with unauthorized enclosure(s), except for that with minimal monetary value as described in section (2)(b) above, shall be refused and returned to the sender with the contents of the envelope or package intact, together with a Mail Violation Notice.

(6) Correspondence and Publications: When, after opening, mail is rejected for violation of these or other department rules the following procedures shall be followed:

(a) Rejected Mail:

(A) Non-inmate sender: The sender and intended inmate recipient shall be notified of the rejection of mail, including the reasons, on a Mail Violation Notice (CD 618a) for correspondence, or a Publication Violation Notice for a publication. If the rejection is based upon written or pictorial content, the notice shall advise that an independent review of the rejection may be obtained by writing to the functional unit manager within 30 days of the date of the notice. Mail rejected based on written or pictorial content shall be returned intact to the sender. The rejected portion(s) of the mail shall be photocopied and retained pending any administrative review. If no administrative review is requested, the photocopy shall be maintained according to archive standards.

(B) Inmate Sender: The inmate sender shall receive the same standards as the non-inmate sender, however, the intended recipient shall not be notified of the rejection for any mail sent by an inmate in a Department of Corrections facility and shall not be eligible for an administrative review.

(b) No administrative review shall be available if the rejection is based on the presence of an unauthorized attachment, substance or enclosure on or with the mail, or if the rejection is based on any violation not related to the written or pictorial content.

(c) Confiscated Mail:

(A) Non-inmate Sender: If the mail is confiscated, notice shall be made to the sender and intended inmate recipient on a Mail Confiscation Notice (CD 618b), unless it includes plans for a discussion or commission of a crime or evidence of a crime. In such cases, no notice shall be given and the mail shall be turned over to the Special Investigations Unit of the department or the Oregon State Police. Confiscated mail not involving evidence of a crime shall be retained intact pending any administrative review. If no administrative review is requested, the mail shall be maintained according to archive standards.

(B) Inmate Sender: If the mail is confiscated, no notice shall be given to the sender or the intended inmate recipient. Mail which includes plans for a discussion or commission of a crime or evidence of a crime shall be turned over to the Special Investigations Unit of the department or the Oregon State Police. Confiscated mail which poses a threat or detriment to the security, good order, or discipline of the facility, or would encourage or instruct in criminal activity shall be retained intact pending an investigation. The inmate may be issued a misconduct report in accordance with the rule on Prohibited Inmate Conduct and Processing Disciplinary Actions (OAR 291-105). Otherwise, after the investigation is completed, the inmate will be notified of the confiscation. If no administrative review is requested, the mail shall be maintained according to archive standards.

(7) Packages: When a package is rejected, the following procedures shall be followed:

(a) Packages received without prior authorization of the functional unit manager or designee, or which have unauthorized attachments affixed to the outside of the package shall be refused and returned to the U.S. Postal Service or to the applicable mail service provider.

(b) Prior authorized packages which after opening are found to contain contraband not illegal (including unauthorized attachments or enclosures) or evidence of crime or otherwise to be in violation of these or other department rules, shall be returned to the sender with the contents of the package intact, together with a Mail Violation Notice.

(c) Intended Inmate Recipient: If a prior authorized package is returned to the sender after opening, the intended inmate recipient shall be promptly notified in writing of the rejection, along with the reason(s) for the rejection, on a Mail Violation Notice. No administrative review shall be available to the intended inmate recipient.

(d) Sender: The sender shall be notified in writing of the rejection of any package received in a Department of Corrections facility and addressed to an inmate, along with the reason(s) for rejection, on a form label or stamp affixed to the outside of the package if the package is refused without opening or; if the package is returned to the sender after opening, on a Mail Violation Notice inserted into the package. No administrative review shall be available to the sender.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Stats. Implemented: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Hist.: CD 14-1988, f. & cert. ef. 10-7-88 (and corrected 10-25-88); CD 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 1-29-92; CD 10-1993, f. 5-5-93, cert. ef. 7-1-93; CD 25-1994, f. 12-21-94, cert. ef. 1-3-95; DOC 20-1998, f. 9-22-98, cert. ef. 12-1-98; DOC 20-2001, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-01; DOC 4-2002(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-25-02 thru 9-21-02; DOC 13-2002, f. 9-11-02 cert. ef. 9-20-02; DOC 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 1-25-08; DOC 4-2011(Temp), f. 3-4-11, cert. ef. 4-1-11 thru 9-28-11; DOC 15-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-11

 

Rule Caption: Correctional Case Management of Inmates.

Adm. Order No.: DOC 16-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 8-15-2011

Certified to be Effective: 8-15-11

Notice Publication Date: 7-1-2011

Rules Adopted: 291-207-0005, 291-207-0010, 291-207-0015, 291-207-0020, 291-207-0025, 291-207-0030

Subject: These rules are necessary to establish uniform business for case management of DOC inmates from admission to release, targeting resources to those inmates most likely to recidivate using the Oregon Accountability Model and evidence-based practices.

Rules Coordinator: Janet R. Worley—(503) 945-0933

291-207-0005

Authority, Purpose and Policy

(1) Authority: The authority for this rule is granted to the Director of the Department of Corrections in accordance with ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030, and 423.075.

(2) Purpose: To provide uniform business practices in accordance with best practices in case management of inmates in a correctional environment from the time of intake through reentry to the community.

(3) Policy: It is the policy of the Department of Corrections to target resources to those inmates who are most likely to recidivate using the Oregon Accountability Model and evidence-based practices, in a multi-disciplinary case management approach from admission to release.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Stats. Implemented: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Hist.: DOC 16-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-11

291-207-0010

Definitions

(1) Automated Criminal Risk Score (ACRS): A statistical calculation developed by the department’s Research Section to predict an offender’s risk of re-offending within three years of release.

(2) Case Management: A proactive, collaborative, multi-disciplinary process which assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors and evaluates options and services to meet an individual’s need or risks, a well as responsivity factors. Case management is the process which links all the elements involved in an inmate’s management. The process of case management unifies procedures and personnel to balance departmental resources and an inmate’s needs through his/her term of incarceration and community supervision.

(3) Evidence Based Practices (EBP): The body of research and clinical knowledge that describes correctional assessment, programming and supervision strategies that lead to improved correctional outcomes such as the rehabilitation of inmates and increased public safety. Such principles only meet the public’s expectations for economical business strategies, efficiency and effectiveness but also reflect fairness and accountability.

(4) Multi-disciplinary Team: Stakeholders from different divisions within a functional unit who come together to provide comprehensive assessment, consultation and perspectives concerning an inmate’s incarceration and successful reentry to the community.

(5) Oregon Accountability Model: A plan composed of six components that is designed to strengthen the department’s ability to hold inmates accountable for their actions and department staff accountable for achieving the mission and vision of the department.

(6) Reentry: The activities and programming conducted to prepare inmates to return safely to the community and to live as law abiding citizens. Reentry includes the release process, the flow of inmates back into communities and how they are supervised after release, the effects on public safety as a result, how the Department of Corrections manages releases, and what communities can do to absorb and reintegrate returning offenders.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Stats. Implemented: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Hist.: DOC 16-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-11

291-207-0015

General Guidelines

(1) The department will utilize case management strategies, in conjunction with the Oregon Accountability Model in order to involve all employees in managing inmates to reinforce the department mission to hold inmates accountable for their actions and reduce the risk of future criminal behavior.

(2) Correctional Case Management will be used to coordinate with all other institution business units to provide appropriate work, housing, educational, programmatic, and transitional interventions to determine the inmate’s case planning and supervision throughout the inmate’s incarceration.

(3) Correctional Case Management will provide the framework for responsible management of inmate placements and transition, in support of evidence-based practices for case planning.

(4) The Correctional Case Management approach will be used to approve inmate transfers from one institution to another, based on a holistic correctional programming approach that facilitates each individual inmate’s rehabilitation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Stats. Implemented: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Hist.: DOC 16-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-11

291-207-0020

Admission

(1) Inmates who have been sentenced to the Department of Corrections or who have violated their parole and post-prison supervision will be committed to the Intake Center located at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, except for (a) and (b) below.

(a) Male inmates sentenced to death are routed to the Oregon State Penitentiary special housing unit. Female inmates sentenced to death are routed to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility special housing unit.

(b) Male inmates that require intensive confinement or where special medical or mental health care is essential may be routed to an approved DOC facility other than the Intake Center.

(2) The intake process will generally be completed with a 30-day period.

(a) All inmates will receive an initial classification to determine custody level.

(b) All inmates will be assessed and evaluated to set a basic level of service, based upon assessed criminal risk factors and need.

(c) All inmates will receive an automated criminal risk score (ACRS) to determine initial case planning and supervision level assignment.

(d) Inmates will be assigned to an institution or housing unit based upon their correctional needs upon completion of the inmate assessment.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Stats. Implemented: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Hist.: DOC 16-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-11

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Correctional Case Management

(1) Correctional Case Management is a shared responsibility of all DOC employees, contractors and volunteers in the day-to-day interaction of managing inmates and through a multi-disciplinary approach in support of the key components of the Oregon Accountability Model.

(2) Case planning begins and is continuously assessed as the inmate transfers between institutions based upon the inmate’s correctional needs. The inmate’s primary institution counselor is responsible to develop, document and monitor the inmate’s needs and corresponding resources to address those needs, along with timelines including forecasting custody classification changes and subsequent facility transfers for provisions of interventions and housing management as outlined in the policy on Correctional Case Management (90.1.3).

(3) Supervision levels will be determined by the relative frequency and intensity of interventions, contact, and available services needed to ensure productive incarceration and successful reentry.

(4) Resources will be targeted to inmates most likely to recidivate based on assessed criminal risk factors and need.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Stats. Implemented: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Hist.: DOC 16-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-11

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Release

(1) Correctional Case Management is used to prepare an inmate for reentry into the community. This includes release preparation, reentry programming, community responsibilities, supervision responsibilities, family support, employment readiness and barriers to successful reentry.

(2) The department will make every effort to secure identification records, such as birth certificates, social security cards, and Department of Motor Vehicles photo identification cards, for all inmates prior to release.

(3) In preparation for release, the department will provide inmates with:

(a) Verification of the inmate’s work history while in the custody of the department.

(b) Certification of any educational programs completed by the inmate while in the custody of the department.

(c) Certification of any treatment programs completed by the inmate while in the custody of the department.

(4) Prior to an inmate’s projected release date, a release counselor will begin preparation of an inmate’s release plan.

(a) Release counselors will collaborate with other department stakeholders, outside agencies and contacts to formulate the inmate’s release plan.

(b) Release counselors will recommend conditions of supervision to the Board of Parole and Post Prison Supervision who will subsequently order the conditions of release for an inmate.

(c) Release counselors and transitions coordinators will assist inmates in developing a release plan that may include identifying the releasing residence, transportation from the institution, potential support, community resources, etc., to prepare for reentry.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Stats. Implemented: ORS 179.040, 423.020, 423.030 & 423.075

Hist.: DOC 16-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-11

Notes
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