On May 31,2022, at approximately 8:36 a.m., the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) headquarters building in Salem received a suspicious package addressed the DOC Director. The mailroom area was secured and the building evacuated. Oregon State Police were on site to evaluate the package for any hazardous substances or materials – none were detected.
Approximately 30 employees were working in the building at the time, and no one required outside medical attention. Employees have been allowed back into the building
DOC takes any potential risk or threat to the safety and security of employees and adults in custody very seriously. DOC Director Colette S. Peters would like to thank the headquarters mailroom staff and the Oregon State Police bomb squad for their quick action.
DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 12 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 12,000 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.