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Mill Creek Correctional Facility

General Information

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Mill Creek Correctional Facility

Administration

 

Brandon Kelly Superintendent
   
Michael Yoder  Asst. Superintendent General Services 
   
Amy Pinkley-Wernz Asst. Supt. of Correctional Rehabilitation 
   
Garrett Laney Asst. Superintendent Security 
   
Tonya Gushard Executive Assistant/Public Information Officer

 
Physical Address:
5465 Turner Road SE
Salem, Oregon 97317
 
Mailing Address:
2605 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310-0505
 
Phone:
OSP Main:
Information: (503)378-2453
FAX: (503)378-3897
MCCF:
Information: (503) 378-2600
Control Center: (503) 378-2601
FAX:  (503) 373-7424

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About Mill Creek Correctional Facility
 
Mill Creek Correctional Facility has a long and colorful history.  In 1846, John Herron and his family arrived from the Midwest by wagon train, claiming and settling on the land surrounding what is now Mill Creek Correctional Facility as a homestead land grant.   The property encompasses approximately 2500 acres of rich soils and views of the Willamette Valley and the Cascade Mountain Range.   John Herron died in 1864 and he, along with many of his family members are now buried within the Herron Family Cemetery located on the property. The inmates of the facility continue to take meticulous care of the grounds for the visiting family members.  This cemetery and another smaller area for the boys of the reform school are two of the oldest cemeteries in Oregon and have been highlighted by the local media.
 
In 1889 the state acquired the property and in 1891 built the Oregon Reform School for “wayward, erring boys”.    The original building was destroyed by a fire, and the juvenile offenders were moved to the present youth correctional facility site in Woodburn, Oregon. (MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility).  In 1929, the building was reconstructed and reopened as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary housing 50 adult male offenders.  The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospitals.    The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today, and at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state, behind only OSP.
 
Flooding in the fields surrounding MCCF during the winter storms of 1996 uncovered several ancient artifacts of the Native Americans who lived in the area for centuries prior to the first settlers arriving.  This area has now been listed as an archeological site.  The artifacts recovered were turned over to the Archaeological Department of the University of Oregon where they have been cataloged and are on display.
 
The population of MCCF has gone from the 50 men, to up to 312, and in 1992, both Mill Creek Correctional Facility and Santiam Correctional Institution were brought under the same Administration and remains an unfenced minimum custody facility housing approximately 290 Adult male offenders.  MCCF provides Cognitive programs, college courses, parenting programs and inmate labor to the Oregon Department of Corrections, other state and local agencies, and private industry throughout the Willamette Valley.  In May of 2011 Mill Creek Correctional Facility was again brought under the Administration of the Oregon State Penitentiary. 


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Visiting Information

VISITING
Inmates may have approved "privileged" visits on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays if they are not scheduled to work. Inmates are responsible for informing their visitors of their work and visiting schedules. "Basic" visits must be scheduled in advance and are only held on Mondays. If you have any questions about our visiting schedule, you may contact the facility. 
 
Directions

From Interstate 5, take exit 252, Kuebler Blvd. Go east to Turner Road, turn right and proceed approximately one-half mile. MCCF is located on the right.


To see a map to MCCF 
 
Visiting Hours 
     Saturdays and Sundays: 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 - 3:15 p.m.  
  
     Holidays: 7:30- 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
  
     Friday Afternoon: 12:30 - 3:15 p.m and Evening: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Please Note: Fridy eveing, weekend, and holiday afternoonvisits are for one assigned dormitory only, so please check the schedule below to avoid being turned away. 

Off dorm visits must be approved in advance and only in cases of emergency.

For all visiting cancelations, special events, and updates - please see Visiting Alerts
 
To see MCCF Visiting Schedule​  
 
Visiting Lists
A person must be on an inmate’s visiting list in order to visit. To get on an inmate’s visiting list, the inmate must send the approved visiting application to his assigned counselor. The following information is required:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Driver’s License or State Identification Number

Acceptable forms of ID

One of the following is required for those 16 years old and older: A current Photo ID such as a Driver’s License, State ID, Military ID, Passport, Student Body Card, or other official government ID.

One of the following is required for those children under 16 years of age: A Birth Certificate or Registration, Social Security Card, Oregon Health Plan Card, Passport, Smile Safe Kids ID, Student Body Card, or State ID Card.

Basic visits will be allowed with two of the following: SSN card, Birth Certification or registration, current ID from service organizations other than military with picture and signature, current bankcards.

Visiting Room Conduct

Your conduct in the visiting room is expected to coform to standards of common respectability and consideration of others. If you have questions, please feel free to ask the visiting room officer. 
 

Department of Corrections 291-127: Appropriate Clothing/Dress
In order to maintain a positive environment for all inmates and visitors, a reasonable clothing standard must be established. Visitors are encouraged to wear clothing that is conservative in nature in order to maintain a respectful visiting environment. Children 8 years of age and under are not subject to the following clothing restrictions, other than undergarments.                                  
1. Visitors are not allowed to wear blue denim, camouflage or clothing (blue or white T-Shirts/sweatshirts) or other items that are similar to inmate attire.  Please note: after time clothing items that were once black may fade and appear blue, if staff perceives the item to be blue you will not be allowed in the visiting room. Visitors are encouraged to contact the facility prior to visiting if they have any questions regarding appropriate clothing.
2.  Clothing, hairstyles, insignias or other paraphernalia associated with security threat groups, street gangs, or that causes undue attention or conflict are prohibited; i.e., camouflage clothing, suggestive, controversial slogans, or statements.   Children under five years of age or under three feet tall may wear blue denim.
3.  Dresses, skirts, jumpers, culottes and shorts (including those with slits) shall not be worn more than two (2) inches above the middle of the kneecap.  Wrap around skirts, dresses and tops are not permitted.
4.  All visitors are required to wear undergarments.  Clothing is to be worn in the manner it was designed, excessively loose or baggy clothing and sagging of pants are not allowed. Clothing that exposes undergarments or an undue amount of flesh (i.e., exposing chest, back, thighs and mid sections) is prohibited. Examples of clothing that will be prohibited include: halter dresses/tops, tube/crop tops, clothing with plunging or low-cut necklines, and shear/see-through clothing are not allowed.   
5.  Umbrellas, hats, and outer garments, such as raincoats, ski jackets and other garments that protect against inclement weather, are not allowed past the visiting room desk.  An area is provided for you to store these items.
6. Light-weight sweaters, hooded sweatshirts, jackets, lined jackets and sport or suit coats are permitted, but must be worn during the entire visiting session.  Any clothing items worn into visiting must remain on at all times.  Footwear must be worn at all times.
7.  Accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis for religious head gear consistent with security practices. When possible, arrangements should be made prior to the visit.
General Information: It is the inmates responsibility to inform all approved visitors of the visiting rules.
1.   Smoking is not permitted at any Department of Corrections facility. 
2.   No more than three (3) visitors may visit at a time.  Infants and small children under the age of three (3), who are being held on a parents lap, will not be counted.
3.   Visitors may visit during the morning session or the afternoon session but not both.
4.   Visitors may bring up to $15 in cash to use in the vending machines.  These items should be contained in a see through plastic bag.  Cash is not to be laid on the visiting room tables. Inmates are not to have cash in their possession, AT ANY TIME.
5.   Reasonable quantities of baby care items such as 1 clear bottle (plastic), 2 diapers, 1 single layer blanket, 1 pacifier and diaper wipes (in a clear plastic bag) shall be permitted. All items are subject to search.
6.   Visitors shall not possess or have on DOC grounds; explosive devices, firearms, ammunition, alcoholic beverages, narcotics, drug paraphernalia or dangerous objects of any kind which might be used to compromise the safety and security of the facility.
7.  Cell phones, pocket computers, hand held game systems, pagers or any other communication/electronic devices are prohibited in the visiting room.
8.   While in the visiting room, it is your responsibility to supervise your children. Children are not to be left unsupervised at any time and need to remain seated. If your children are being unruly or are continuously disruptive, your visit may be terminated. 
9.   NO PERSON OR ANIMAL is allowed to wait in vehicles on institutional property. Visitors are not allowed to loiter on facility grounds. Vehicles must be secured with the windows rolled up, while parked on institution property.
10. The Department of Corrections visiting rule states, “No physical contact, except a Brief kiss and embrace upon meeting and leaving.” Only holding of hands and holding of small children, under (8) years of age, is permitted during the visit. Spouses, significant others and/or if you are the only person visiting, you are required to sit directly across from the inmate. Excessive or inappropriate physical contact may result in termination of your visit.
12. Visitors and inmates are not allowed to escort each other to and from the bathrooms or vending machines.  Once seated in the visiting room, you cannot change tables without the approval of the visiting room officer.
13. Neither you nor the inmate, you are visiting are allowed to become involved in any other visit except your own.  No table-to-table conversations.
12. Once you are in the visiting room, you may not leave the visiting room without terminating your visit.  Visitors may not visit twice during the same session.
13. Inmates will remain seated throughout the entire visit. A bathroom break will be provided once per session for inmates in the visiting room.
14. You may take up to five (5) non-Polaroid photographs or five (5) sheets of photographs into the visiting area.  Prior to being seated, photographs must be viewed by the Visiting Officer.  Photographs must be in compliance with ODOC RULES.  The inmate is not allowed to keep the photographs.
 
Basic Visiting:
       Basic visiting status prevents direct physical contact between the inmate and visitor(s). At Mill Creek Correctional Facility we do not have an area (at other facility’s basic visiting is behind a glass partition) to physically separate the inmate and the visitor so if the inmate or anyone visiting has been approved for basic status the following process will apply.
1.   All Basic visits must be scheduled with the facility in advance and are one (1) hour in length. The time will begin once the inmate is seated in the visiting area.  If you arrive late for your visit, you are not guaranteed the full one hour.  Based on space availability, your visit may be over at the original scheduled time. Due to space limitations and other scheduled visits if you are thirty (30) minutes late for your scheduled visit, the visit will be denied and you will have to reschedule with the facility.   
2.  During a basic visit there is no physical contact of any kind. You may not purchase snacks or beverages for the inmate. If you bring in photographs the inmate is not allowed to touch or handle the photos.
3.  Even if you’re approved for privileged visits if any person in your group is on basic visit status everyone in the group is classified as basic status for that visit.
4.   Any violations will result in termination of the visit.
 
NOTE: Staff will monitor your visits. The staff may deny or stop visits when they have reason to believe that the visit might jeopardize the safety, security and/or the orderly operation of the institution. It is important that you comply with all regulations and with the instructions from the staff. If you have any questions, or if you are unsure if something is allowed please ask the Visiting Room Officer in advance.
 
Exercise reasonable care and good judgment in all you do while visiting.
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Inmate Phone Information

TELEPHONE USAGE
Inmates may make outgoing telephone calls between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM.  If an inmate is on Loss of Privileges due to disciplinary issues, he may not make telephone calls.  He can, however, communicate through the mail.
 
Please do not call and ask someone to get a message to the inmate unless it is an emergency situation. Protocol for emergency situations is detailed below.
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Inmate Mail Information

 
INMATE MAIL
There are numerous rules regarding what can and cannot be sent into or out of a secure facility.  We recommend that anyone wishing to send items into an institution read the Mail Rule carefully.
 
Mail Rule: OAR Div 131 Mail (Inmate)
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Emergency Contact Information

 

In case of family emergency, please call the institution and ask to speak to the Chaplain or to the inmate's Institution Counselor.  Please be prepared with the following information: 
  • Inmate's name and SID number
  • Your name, relationship to the inmate, address, & phone number
  • Name(s) of the person(s) involved in the emergency & relationship to the inmate
  • Name, location, and phone number of hospital/funeral home
  • Any other critical information such as type of illness/injury and patient condition
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DOC Frequently Asked Questions 

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