Oregon Department of Corrections

2012 Legislative Session – Institution Closure Strategy

Issue Summary
The Legislative Fiscal Office directed the DOC to develop pricing for a legislativelyproposed strategy requiring closure of between 400-500 male beds in a “valley institution” and move those inmates to emergency beds in other existing facilities. This strategy required the identification of new emergency beds that are not part of the current emergency bed inventory. These new beds would be identified from a list of options that had not previously been considered due to fiscal, operational or safety concerns. Only one facility fits within the bed range identified in the request – Santiam Correctional Institutions (SCI), with 440 male minimum-custody beds in Salem. Columbia River Correctional Institution, in Portland, has 553 male beds, but is the only male releasing institution for the tri-county metropolitan area. Closure pricing was to assume a fully-executed transition on July 1, 2012. The estimated savings for the 2011-13 biennium is $1,625,000. o Net of on-going deactivation staff and utilities, and the offset for one-time payoffs for vacation balances and unemployment liabilities. For 2013-15, $8,516,919 is the estimated savings 214 of the displaced minimum-custody males will be housed in a more expensive medium-custody facility. The remainder will be housed in a minimum institution. Using temporary and emergency bed will increase Inmate idleness due to lack of work, education, treatment or training opportunities. Closure of SCI would impact 100 jobs in the Salem area. There will be a process that involves bumping and relocation of staff so the net impact is unknown at this time.