Tim Causey, Superintendent
Richard Ackley, Assistant Superintendent of General Services
Kevin Hormann, Assistant Superintendent of Security
Michele Simmelink, Management Assistant to the Superintendent, Pubic Information Officer
3920 East Ashwood Road
Madras, Oregon 97741
Information: (541) 325-5999
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Deer Ridge Correctional Institution is a men's prison with 644 minimum security beds and 1,223 medium security beds
The minimum security facility began receiving inmates in September of 2007. The medium security facility is standing by to receive inmates.
The facility is located about four miles east of Madras. The department owns 453 acres, and about 200 acres will be used for the facility. The estimated square footage of the minimum is approximately 185,000 SF and the medium is approximately 400,000 SF.
The total project cost is approximately $190 million, which includes construction, studies, design, property and easement purchases, and infrastructure improvements for public services.
A Prison Advisory Committee was appointed in 1997. Committee members represent a variety of interests within Jefferson County. The committee not only advises the Department of Corrections, but it promotes effective communication by sharing between the agency and the community.
DRCI does not provide Basic Visits.
Visiting scheduled times:
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday/Holidays:
7:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Deer Ridge Correctional Institution is not responsible for items lost, stolen or left behind while you are at the institution. It is recommended that visitors limit the amount of personal property they bring into the institution, such as jewelry, watches, clothing, coats, etc. Cell phones and other electronic devices are prohibited in the institution. All non-essential items should be left in your vehicle. Smoking is prohibited on institution property. Leaving children/pets in your vehicle while you visit is prohibited
Due to the location of DRCI and our commitment to enhancing inmate/family communication, visitors will be allowed to visit both visiting sessions per day if they so choose. The inmate must have sufficient visiting points and the visit may be terminated if, at security staff's discretion, the visiting room is overcrowded and/or visitors who did not visit during the earlier session are not getting an opportunity to visit.
If and inmate or a visitor is restricted to Basic Visiting, then a Basic Visit must be scheduled by the visitor with the institution prior to arrival at the facility. Visitors must contact the inmate's assigned correctional counselor seven(7) days in advance in order to schedule a Basic Visit. No more than eight (8) Basic Visiting sessions may be scheduled during any month. The Basic Visit may last the duration of the visiting session during which it is scheduled. Only three visitors shall be allowed at any one time, except that a child under three years of age may be approved to visit if held in the lap of the visitor. No physical contact between the inmate and his visitor is permitted during Basic Visits. (See DOC Visiting Rule: OAR Div 127-Visiting and Inmate)
Visiting Inmates: Visiting Inmates in Prison
DRCI Visitor Waiver Request form: DRCI_Inmate_Visitor_Waiver_Request.pdf
DOC Visiting Rule: OAR Div 127 Visiting (Inmate)
Deer Ridge Visiting Room Homework Program
Saturdays 1-4 p.m. (Beginning Saturday, September 13)
Children visiting fathers at Deer Ridge are encouraged to bring homework to family visits. Homework (Books, papers, and pocket folders with no metal) will be allowed in for Visiting on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. starting Saturday, September 13th.
The goals of this Homework Program are as follows:
We hope this will:
- encourage fathers to become academically involved with children.
- accommodate children when they have homework to accomplish over the weekend while still wanting to visit their fathers.
- allow children to bring graded assignments to share with their fathers.
Files of math problems, math games, and math puzzles will also be kept on hand for families to use. An education tutor will be assigned to the visiting room to help with questions from inmate fathers during those specific hours. Tutors will help gather information and help the fathers but will not be tutoring children. Education staff will assist by keeping visiting room homework supplies in a file cabinet on site. Pens and pencils will be kept on site for fathers and children to use. Children can only bring in homework on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.
Security staff will be checking children’s homework when it comes through visiting. Children will only be allowed to bring in:
3. Pocket folders with no metal
When children leave the visiting room, they must leave with homework again. Dads may help them with homework but they cannot send out letters, artwork, or cards. Only homework may leave the visiting room.
Driving North on Hwy 97 into Madras: You will drive through Madras until you get to the second street light and turn right onto B Street.
Driving South on Hwy 97 into Madras: Pass the Safeway store going down the hill. Turn left at the second light onto B Street.
Once on B Street: You will proceed approximately four miles going past the Jefferson County Middle School on your right as you go up the hill. Pass Juniper Park on your left at the top of the hill. Turn left at the “Deer Ridge Correctional Institute” sign and drive to the top of the hill. The DRCI Administration building will be on your left. The minimum-security facility is at the far end.
Commonly Requested Information
DOC Frequently Asked Questions
Visiting Rule: OAR Div 127 Visiting (Inmate)
Mail Rule: OAR Div 131 Mail (Inmate)
Incarcerated felons throughout the country, including some Oregon inmates, often solicit pen pals through correspondence.
There are inherent risks in becoming involved with incarcerated felons. Many well-meaning members of the public have been exposed to fraud and other criminal activity through correspondence with inmates. Should you have questions or concerns about solicitations for contact with an inmate, please contact the Oregon Department of Corrections at 503-945-9090 or DOC.Info@doc.state.or.us.
Inmate's Trust Account: Posting Money to an Inmate's Account
How do I pick up an inmate on their release date?
Inmates can be picked up from the institution any time after 8:00 a.m. When you arrive please park in the Loading/Unloading designated parking, located in the upper south corner of the parking lot. Proceed to the main entrance gate and press the speaker box button. When addressed, identify the inmate you are there to pick up and advise if you have dress out clothing for the inmate. A staff member will retrieve the clothing from you. You will then be instructed to return to your vehicle and to remain in your vehicle until the inmate is processed out. Smoking is prohibited on institution grounds. Pets are prohibited outside of your vehicle.