Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Oregon Department of Corrections dedicates conference room to former Director Michael Francke (Photo)
Memorabilia hanging inside the Michael Francke Conference Room
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) honored past Director Michael Francke today with the dedication of a conference room at DOC headquarters - the Dome Building in Salem.
In May 1987, Francke was appointed to the position of DOC Director by Oregon's Governor. He was tasked with addressing issues within Oregon's prison system, much as he had done as Director of the New Mexico DOC before coming to Oregon.
Francke was a visionary who cared deeply about improving the system and making Oregon a better place. He did not get to finish his work, as he was murdered outside DOC headquarters on January 17, 1989.
Mr. Francke has been honored with the newly dedicated Michael Francke Conference Room, which has been renovated with fresh paint, new fixtures, and improved infrastructure. There is a shadow box frame in the northeast corner of the room encasing memorabilia related to Francke's time with Oregon DOC. A bench and memorial monument have been placed outside the entrance to the Dome Building. Oregon Corrections Enterprises - the prison industries arm of DOC - designed and manufactured the beautiful memorial pieces, including the bronze plaque recognizing Francke's end of watch. Each piece of stainless steel and copper was hand formed and heated to create the varying colors. Downtown at the state Capitol, a Japanese umbrella pine tree has been planted along with a commemorative plaque in Francke's memory.
DOC employs 4,600 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,500 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.
Columbia River Correctional Institution reports inmate death - 01/10/15
An inmate died unexpectedly Friday afternoon at Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.
Staff found inmate Christopher Robert Mabrey deceased in his cell (where he was the sole occupant) at approximately 1:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9. He was 50 years old. Mabrey entered DOC custody on March 13, 2009, on four counts of burglary in the first degree and one count of felon in possession of a firearm out of Washington County. His earliest release date was April 22, 2015.
Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.
CRCI is a minimum-security facility that houses approximately 595 male inmates who are within four years of release. Located in the largest metropolitan area of the state, this facility is focused on cognitive programming, work programs, and preparing inmates for return to the community. CRCI is located on a 26-acre site in northeast Portland and it officially opened in September 1990.
DOC announces Deputy Director (Photo)
Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced the appointment of Kim Brockamp as the agency's new Deputy Director, effective Jan. 19.
Ms. Brockamp is a 23-year DOC veteran. She began her career in 1991 as an Accounting Assistant and then worked in various other positions in Fiscal Services. Later, as a member of Facilities Services, she worked through the contentious prison siting process. In 2004, she became the Administrator of the Offender Information and Sentence Calculation Unit. Ms. Brockamp also served as the Operations Division Policy Manager, where she was invaluable in guiding the agency's largest division through the biennial budget process, rulemaking, and policy development and implementation. After two biennia of serving as a member of the Management Bargaining Team, Ms. Brockamp was selected as the Assistant Director for the Human Resources Division in 2007. In 2012, Ms. Brockamp was asked to lead Coffee Creek Correctional Facility as Superintendent and, in 2013, she was asked to lead the Offender Management and Rehabilitation Division as Assistant Director.
Ms. Brockamp has broad DOC experience and expertise in organizational development, budgeting, teambuilding, labor relations, and stakeholder relations which makes her uniquely suited for the Deputy Director position. She is known for caring deeply about DOC and the people in it, and she looks forward to her new role.
"Ms. Brockamp's long-standing commitments to public safety and to her colleagues are unwavering," stated Director Peters, "I am extremely pleased to have her at my side."
DOC employs 4,600 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.