Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Oregon State Correctional Institution Inmates raise money for Camp Agape - 10/31/14
Men in custody at the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) recently raised $4,200 for Camp Agape Oregon when they hosted their annual walkathon fundraiser. The event was held on the institution yard to raise money for children of incarcerated parents to attend Camp Agape - a four-day experience for children in Lane County who have a parent in prison. The camp's main purpose is to break the cycles of incarceration.
Inmate clubs at OSCI have sponsored Camp Agape, as well as Gales Creek (a camp aimed at developing confidence in children and teens with diabetes) since their first walkathon in 2007. Since then, they have raised more than $29,800 and sent numerous children to camp.
OSCI is a medium-security men's prison in Salem that houses approximately 870 male inmates. It provides a range of correctional services and programs including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, inmate work crews, and transition planning. OSCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a print shop and a contact center. OSCI was established by action of the 1955 Legislature and became fully operational on June 1, 1959.
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Fall children's event - 10/30/14
Pumpkins recently arrived at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) for the women in custody to paint with their children in an event that occurred October 25-26. Every year CCCF sponsors four events in the medium and minimum facilities to foster relationships between incarcerated mothers and their children. The quarterly events are funded through the Wilsonville Rotary and CCCF's women in custody.
The Fall Children's Event allows mothers in custody to paint pumpkins and create craft projects with their children outside of the confines of the visiting room in a fun environment. Included in the activities will be creating frames for photos that the children will be able to take home.
Allowing mothers to share activities and refreshments with their children helps family members reconnect in a loving and relaxing way. It is one of the activities that the Oregon Department of Corrections focuses on to help provide opportunities for women in custody to develop parenting skills and avoid an intergenerational cycle of criminality.
CCCF is a multi-custody prison in Wilsonville accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates (approximately 1,260). The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, computer automated design, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all inmates committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 male inmates. CCCF's minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.