The Mission of Oregon Corrections Enterprises, in partnership with the Department of Corrections, is to promote public safety by providing adults in custody with work and training opportunities in a self-sustaining organization.

There have been corrections industries within the Oregon’s state corrections system for the past 160 years.  For decades, programs in Oregon’s prisons manufactured a wide variety of products for use both within the prison system as well as in the community.  Over time, product lines evolved as corrections industries focused on the manufacture of furniture, metal fabrication, prison construction, farm and dairy products, and laundry services.


Corrections Industries operated as a program within the Oregon Department of Corrections, and industries programs were routinely subsidized by the State General Fund. As demands on the State General Fund increased during the 1970’s and 1980’s, there was a growing legislative expectation that corrections industries would be a self-sustaining operation.


In 1994, passage of Ballot Measure 17 mandated that inmates in state correctional facilities work or receive on-the-job training for 40 hours a week. The Department of Corrections was expected to find new ways to expand work opportunities for inmates. The Department of Corrections (DOC) received additional General Fund support to augment inmate work programs, including funding to significantly expand inmate work crews in the community.


In 1999, Oregon Corrections Enterprises (OCE) was established through the passage of Ballot Measure 68 by the people of Oregon with the purpose of helping DOC meet its constitutional mandate created by Measure 17. OCE, the former DOC Corrections Industries program, was authorized as a semi-independent state agency, whose finances are completely separated by statute from the DOC. OCE receives no taxpayer dollars—instead, OCE is funded entirely through sales of its services and products.


Ballot Measure 68 provided the flexibility needed for OCE to operate like a private sector business. As a result, OCE has been able to sustain itself financially, move quickly to address new business opportunities as well as respond to economic downturns, while expanding work and training opportunities for inmates in the State corrections system.


The OCE Administrator reports directly to the DOC Director. The collective efforts of both DOC and OCE are focused on keeping Oregon correctional facilities safe and providing adults in custody with the skill set and work ethics they will need to succeed upon release.










We support Oregon's community in a variety of ways. Click here for our annual report.

We provide meaningful work experiences for every offender. With training and guidance, the men and women in our work programs will return to their communities with a strong work ethic and viable job skills, increasing their ability to succeed.


We are a progressive leader in developing career opportunities. By offering advanced training and state-of-the-art equipment, we are keeping current with industry standards and providing marketable job skills.


By working with the Oregon Department of Corrections, state agencies, non-profit agencies, and the public we build partnerships that sustain work opportunities for offenders. We constantly explore new business opportunities and partnerships. Working together, we reduce recidivism while saving money for Oregon’s taxpayers.


High-quality standard and custom products and services are the foundation of what we do. We continuously expand our products and services to stay current with market trends and job market opportunities.


Working for Oregon Corrections Enterprises is an opportunity for us to help others and contribute towards making our communities safer. Each of us has an important role in fostering positive change by guiding and mentoring offenders. We make a difference!


Making a Difference

Keeping Current with Future Job Skills Demands

Leading the Way with Great Partnerships

Quality and Value

Our Commitment


Award Winning

Tools for Success

The OCE Works Skills Certification Programs vary in length from 4 – 12 months and are available in 13 of our industries.

Oregon Corrections Enterprises was selected for the National Correctional Industries Association's (NCIA) Performance Excellence Award for 2018. The award will be presented in April at the NCIA 2018 Annual Awards ceremony.


Each program includes a soft skills component called Strategies for Job Success. This course emphasizes appropriate dress, punctuality, attitude, and more.

Oregon Corrections Enterprises is listed as a priority vendor by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) on the Buy Decision Procurement Matrix.



Also offered are BOLI Training Programs, 2-year programs certified by the Bureau of Labor and Industries.