Authority, Purpose, and Policy
(1)Authority: The authority for these rules is granted to the Director of the Department of Corrections in accordance with ORS 179.040 (General powers and duties), 423.020 (Department of Corrections), 423.030 (Department not limited by ORS 423.020), and 423.075 (Director).
(2)Purpose: The purpose of these rules is to:
(a)Establish Department of Corrections policy and procedures for the assignment of custody Level 5 inmates to special security housing and programs in a designated Intensive Management Unit (IMU) or IMU status cells separate from general population housing in Department of Corrections facilities to provide the maximum level of inmate security, control, and supervision; and
(b)Establish standards for the operation and management of IMU and IMU status cells.
(3)Policy: It is the policy of the Department of Corrections to:
(a)Assign custody Level 5 inmates, or inmates who are under investigation for or who have been charged with the in-custody murder or assault of another inmate or staff, to special security housing and programs in a designated IMU or IMU status cells separate from general population housing in Department of Corrections facilities to provide the maximum level of inmate security, control, and supervision as provided in these rules.
(b)Conduct meaningful periodic reviews of an inmate’s status and continued assignment to an IMU or IMU status cell as provided in these rules.
(c)Temporarily reassign inmates assigned to an IMU or IMU status cell to other treatment, program or service units (i.e., infirmary, Administrative Housing, Disciplinary Segregation, mental health special housing) for treatment or programming as deemed necessary or advisable by the department.
(d)Ensure inmates assigned to an IMU or IMU status cells have an opportunity for administrative review of their custody Level 5 classification and assignment to IMU as provided in the department’s rule on Classification (Inmate), OAR 291-104.
Rule 291-055-0005 — Authority, Purpose, and Policy,