Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Staff honored during National Correctional Employees Week
Between May 5 and May 15, the Oregon Department of Corrections honored more than 100 staff members, contractors, and volunteers for their outstanding work. The department held awards ceremonies at institutions across the state in recognition of National Correctional Employees Week.
"National Correctional Employees Week is a special opportunity to recognize the year-round contributions of our employees, contractors, and volunteers," said DOC Director Colette S. Peters. "Together, they provide a critical public service, ensure the safety and security of the people in Oregon's prisons, and give adults in custody tools to lead crime-free lives when they return to their communities."
Individuals and staff teams from around the state were honored in 18 award categories this year:
Community Corrections Outstanding Service Award
Outstanding Citizen Award
Outstanding Volunteer Award
Outstanding Service Award
Outstanding Functional Unit Award
Meritorious Service Award
Contractor of the Year
Oregon Corrections Enterprises Employee of the Year
Employee of the Year
Officer of the Year
Manager of the Year
Award of Merit
Award of Valor
Max Williams Award
For a list of award winners, please visit http://www.oregon.gov/DOC/Pages/statewide_awards.aspx.
DOC employs 4,300 staff members at 14 institutions and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of more than 14,300 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration. Oregon DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills they need to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.
Deer Ridge inmate Jason Michael Donaldson back in custody - 05/10/13
An inmate who walked away from a Deer Ridge Correctional Institution work crew on Tuesday is now in custody in the Washington County Jail.
Officers with the Beaverton Police Department arrested Jason Michael Donaldson Friday morning, after information led them to his whereabouts. Donaldson was lodged at the Washington County Jail and is awaiting transport back to the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Donaldson walked away Tuesday afternoon from a work crew that was clearing debris from Phil's Trail west of Bend. A full-scale investigation led by Oregon State Police ensued, with cooperation from DOC, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Police Department, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department, the Lincoln County Interagency Narcotics Team, Portland Police Bureau, Washington County Sheriff's Office, and Beaverton Police Department.
Donaldson entered DOC custody on Dec. 4, 2012, on three counts of theft in the first degree, three counts of burglary in the second degree, and one count of criminal mischief in the first degree out of Lane County. At the time he walked away, his earliest release date was June 20, 2016.
Inmate walks away from Deer Ridge Correctional Institution work crew
Jason Michael Donaldson
Today at approximately 2:00 p.m., inmate Jason Michael Donaldson walked away from an Oregon Department of Corrections work crew at Shevlin Park west of Bend. Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office are responding.
Donaldson is an inmate at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI) in Madras. He was working on a ten-man crew clearing debris from the Phil's Trailhead when staff discovered he was missing.
Donaldson is a 36-year-old Caucasian male, 175 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange; a long-sleeved orange t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in blue on the front and back; and a blue t-shirt similarly stenciled in orange underneath. He may be wearing a blue bandana.
Donaldson entered DOC custody on Dec. 4, 2012, on three counts of theft in the first degree, three counts of burglary in the second degree, and one count of criminal mischief in the first degree out of Lane County. His earliest release date is June 20, 2016.
Anyone with information regarding Donaldson's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.
Staff and inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility come together for one of their own - 05/06/13
More than 20 staff members and inmates have scheduled a hair-cut at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility hair design program in Wilsonville on May 8. "Just a trim" or "a little off the top" is not an option for this appointment, however. Each individual has committed to donating at least 10 inches of their hair to Locks of Love in honor of Susan Marlin, a respected staff member who is battling cancer.
"We have a history of donating to Locks of Love, but this is special," said Tammy Kennedy, coordinator of the hair design program. "A number of inmates approached me and asked if we could do this in honor of Mrs. Marlin. The idea just grew from there."
The Oregon Department of Corrections partners with Portland Community College to deliver education programs to women in custody at CCCF. Hair design is a work-based education program that takes approximately two years to complete. It combines classroom instruction with hands-on training, and those who complete the program become licensed cosmetologists with the State of Oregon.
CCCF is a multi-custody facility in Wilsonville that houses more than 1,200 women. It provides a range of correctional services and programs including alcohol and drug treatment, education, work opportunities, cognitive programming, and pre-release services. The minimum facility opened in 2001 and the medium facility opened in 2002. CCCF is Oregon's only women's prison.
Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Donations must be a minimum of 10 inches of unbleached hair.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Tammy Kennedy or CCCF Superintendent Heidi Steward, contact Nathan Cantlin at 503.570.6405.