2007 ORS § 423.420¹
General duties and powers
  • rules

The Corrections Ombudsman shall have the power:

(1) To investigate, on complaint or on the ombudsman’s own motion, any action by the Department of Corrections or any employee thereof without regard to its finality;

(2) To adopt rules required for the discharge of the duties of office, including procedures for receiving and processing complaints, conducting investigations, and reporting findings, not inconsistent with ORS 423.400 (Office established) to 423.450 (Contempt proceedings against person interfering with ombudsman);

(3) To examine by subpoena the records and documents of the Department of Corrections or any employee thereof;

(4) To enter and inspect without notice any premises under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections;

(5) To subpoena any person to appear, to give sworn testimony or to produce documentary or other evidence that is reasonably material to an inquiry;

(6) To undertake, participate in or cooperate with persons and agencies in such conferences, inquiries, meetings or studies as might lead to improvements in the functioning of the Department of Corrections;

(7) To bring suit in the Circuit Court for Marion County to enforce ORS 423.400 (Office established) to 423.450 (Contempt proceedings against person interfering with ombudsman);

(8) To establish and administer a budget for the office; and

(9) To strengthen procedures and practices which lessen the possibility that objectionable corrections actions will occur. [1977 c.378 §5; 1987 c.320 §216]