OAR 291-073-0030
Desirable Criteria for Medium Security Sites

The desirable criteria for medium security sites are listed below. They are not in any order of preference. An alternate means of meeting the intent of a criterion may be considered.


A proposed site which is available at little or no cost.


A proposed site which has 200–300 acres with 300 acres the preferred size.


A proposed site which is square or nearly so.


A proposed site which is relatively flat to minimize earthwork, foundation, construction costs and surface/subsurface drainage construction costs.


A proposed site which has natural buffers from surrounding land uses such as lakes, rivers, or ridges.


A proposed site which is not adjacent to a school, unless the parcel is buffered.


A proposed site which is not adjacent to a developed single-family or multi-family residential area, unless the parcel is buffered.


A proposed site in which the soils shall not be unduly prone to liquefaction due to seismic activity.


A proposed site with existing buildings that can be remodeled for utilization in new construction.


A proposed site not subject to flooding from adjacent bodies of water, natural surface drainage or subsurface high water table.


A proposed site not having an environmental, ecological, cultural or historic feature or condition which cannot be mitigated with remediation and/or health risk assessment prior to the beginning of site development. These conditions include, but may not be limited to, wetlands, historic or culturally significant sites, habitat for federally designated threatened and endangered species.


A proposed site that maximizes the use of present Department of Corrections facilities and considers such institution management issues as warehousing, inmate transportation, inmate management, etc.


A proposed site which has judicial, emergency and support services availability:


Fifteen minutes or less to local and/or state police, full service fire department, and emergency medical transport/care;


Sixty minutes or less to a National Guard unit;


Forty-five minutes or less response time from licensed full service in-patient care hospital that accepts OMAP payment;


Forty-five minutes or less to educational institutions to provide GED, vo-tech programs for inmates;


Ninety minutes or less to higher education opportunities for staff development;


Adequate providers of support services to inmates, including counseling, religious, job training and education; and


Reasonable access to court facilities.


A proposed site that can demonstrate eminent opportunity for inmate work by either the public or private sector. Sites that have Oregon Enterprise Zone designations that may be of assistance in attracting a private partner using inmate labor.


A proposed site which is in close proximity to a population area from which a large number of inmates originate.


A proposed site in which the facility is perceived as beneficial by local jurisdiction and community.


A proposed site which is served by interstate and/or major arterial roadway. Paved (providing year around service, two lanes, maintained by state, city or county) interstate access is preferable.


A proposed site with convenient access by public transportation, including commercial airport and surface transportation and public accommodations, such as hotel/motel facilities.


A proposed site with a community of 30,000 population or greater within a 60-mile radius with:


Substantiation of an adequate workforce;


Demonstration of the ability of the community to provide for or develop adequate housing and other community services, including primary and secondary schools;


Range of physical specialty services; and


Community ability to cost effectively provide food, fuel, equipment, spare parts, and maintenance to the facility.

Source: Rule 291-073-0030 — Desirable Criteria for Medium Security Sites, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=291-073-0030.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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