Oregon DOC Announces “CORE”

Newly appointed Shutter Creek Correctional Institute Superintendent Kimberly Hendricks address volunteers introducing herself and CORE.

Newly appointed Shutter Creek Correctional Institute Superintendent Kimberly Hendricks address volunteers introducing herself and CORE.

“Correctional Outcomes through Research and Engagement” CORE

The new ODOC initiative was announced this week to an audience of Volunteers and DOC Staffers at a meeting held in Coos Bay.

Oregon DOC is noteworthy in that by statistical measure, recidivism rates are among the lowest for offenders incarcerated in the state.

We note that just because a former inmate hasn’t been re-aprehended for a felony in the past three years, doesn’t infer minor offenses or that they are remaining sober.

It’s interesting that as we begin to turn the helm at CRI to focus on re-entry support, ODOC seems to be initiating similar processes.  In any case we presume engagement means deeper dialogue with volunteer organizations and their ability to support their programs “outside the gate.”  CR / CRI is a perfect fit!

We’re looking forward to hearing more.


  1. Can the state & the faith based recovery community work towards the same goals? Absolutely, in Oregon the DOC has been setting the benchmark for the nation & ODOC is not sitting on their laurels! Transitional programs that focus on God & recovery will be the most effective in addressing the needs of the incarcerated man or woman in the future. Statistics, where they have been kept, strongly indicate that God-centered recovery communities like Celebrate Recovery provide the safest & healthiest foundation for re-entry. As we come alongside the ODOC, CRI/CR’s focus on how we can follow the inmate back into the community, bringing along his or her family too, by continuing the same involvement in recovery with accountability & living out their faith in God. To believe in Jesus Christ & in fellowship with other devoted believers, allow Him to change us into living life as He did, is what all of us, offender or not, ultimately need!

  2. Operationally, CORE — it’s administrative footprint — does not extend “outside” the gate. With respect to “outcomes” the context is: the aggregate of work and rehabilitation required to get to the point of handing off to the administrative group that manages community re-entry.

    The intersection for CR/CRI resides in the obvious inference that CORE includes paving the way for release, and in that mixture of efforts will be something about facilitating communication between the inmate and his CR group outside.

    To me this is huge.

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