Office of Inmate and Community Advocacy
Kelly Raths, Administrator of the Office of Inmate and Community Advocacy
Kelly Arrington, Assistant to the Administrator
2575 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97310 503-378-2883
The Office of Inmate and Community Advocacy has two main functions. First, it oversees quality of life and rights issues for those incarcerated, and second is the liaison to people in the community (friends, family, and advocacy groups) who have a vested interest in the rights and welfare of adults in our custody. This office focuses on increasing opportunities for personal responsibility and wellbeing among the incarcerated by providing: healthy forums for dissent and problem solving; opportunities to earn increased responsibilities and privileges; maintaining healthy connections with community support systems through visiting, phone, video and other forms of contact; and positive in-custody activities as alternatives to criminal culture.
This office will support these efforts through policy oversight of issues related to inmate mail and telephones, legal libraries, and the inmate grievance system, as well as inmate and family connectivity and quality of life.