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Oregon Corrections Enterprises (OCE) is honored to be selected by the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) to facilitate work release partnerships. OCE proudly announces its first work release partnership with Pacific Pine Products Inc., located in Lakeview, Oregon. Woodworking industry jobs pay above a livable wage, and the local labor shortage has created a high demand for jobs of this nature. As independent research shows, successful work training opportunities, like the OCE/Pacific Pine Products Inc. partnership, are critical for rehabilitation and successful re-entry into the community.

Adults in custody will be screened for community safety and have a willingness and desire for self-improvement. They will be transported from the Warner Creek Correctional Facility (WCCF) to the local factory. Pacific Pine Products will train the participants for a wide variety of jobs. Participants will learn and develop highly valued technical and general employment skills which will assist their re-entry into society. Per federal guidelines and authorized by the Oregon Constitution, participants will receive hourly wages from OCE as part of the Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program.

There will be a celebration of the collaborative partnership on April 2, 2023, 9:30 am at Pacific Pine Products, located at 17634 Highway 395, Lakeview, OR.

Pacific Pine Products Inc. is a family-owned business in operation since 1988. They design and build custom doors for residential and commercial properties – including wooden interior doors, custom entry doors, exterior residential doors, and rustic closet doors.

DOC oversees a network of 12 state prisons in Oregon. DOC protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and requires them to take personal responsibility – both for their crimes and for their behavior within DOC institutions. The Oregon Constitution and DOC allow for rehabilitation or reformation through programs and services. This combination ultimately contributes to successful reintegration to Oregon's communities.

Oregon Corrections Enterprises 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 DOC. OCE receives no direct taxpayer dollars. Instead, OCE is funded entirely through sales of its products and services.