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Visiting Inmates in Prison

Visiting inmates in prison

Positive relationships between inmates and their families and friends, is encouraged by the Oregon Department of Corrections. 
 
Inmate Services Unit
2575 Center Street NE
Salem OR 97310
503-378-2883
 
Email: DOC.Visitors@doc.state.or.us
Click here for Visiting Rule
Click here for Printable Visiting Form (pdf)
Click here for Printable Visiting Form (doc)
Click here for Prison Visiting Hour Information (link to Prisons) 
 

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General application information

Inmates must apply to have a person added to their approved visiting list. Even if you were visiting an inmate in the county jail, you must apply for visiting privileges once he or she enters a Department of Corrections facility. Applications are submitted by inmates to the Inmate Services Unit for processing. Prospective visitors may submit the completed application directly to the Inmate Services Unit via U.S. Mail or as a scanned email attachment; visitors will not be added to the approved list without the consent of the inmate. A criminal records background check is performed as part of the application process. Once the application is processed, the inmate is notified of the result.  Please allow 60 days from the date the application was received by the Inmate Services Unit for processing. It is the responsibility of the inmate to notify their visitor of the outcome. The visiting rule prohibits staff from responding to telephone inquiries regarding whether a visitor has been approved.  A consent form is mailed to the custodial parent of all prospective visitors who are under the age of 18, the form must be notarized and returned to the Inmate Services Unit before the child can become an approved visitor. In some cases, proof of biological relationship is also required.

For more information see Visiting Application and Appeals Process​
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Filling out applications for visiting

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Visiting applications must be filled out completely in order to be processed. Please print or type all information. The name of the visitor should match DMV records. Privileged visiting refers to visits which occur during regular visiting hours. Privileged visiting allows limited physical contact with the inmate including a brief embrace and kiss upon meeting and leaving, hand holding, and holding of children. Basic visits must be scheduled in advance with the institution where the inmate is located and do not involve physical contact. 
 
Inmate Services Unit
2575 Center Street NE
Salem OR 97310
503-378-2883
 
Email: DOC.Visitors@doc.state.or.us
Click here for Visiting Rule
Click here for Printable Visiting Form (pdf)
Click here for Printable Visiting Form (doc)
Click here for Prison Visiting Hour Information (link to Prisons)

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Eligibility of prospective visitors

Criminal records background checks are performed as a part of the visiting application process.  Prospective visitors with pending criminal charges, drug charges within five years from the date of application, or who have been incarcerated for a felony crime at some time within the past five years are ineligible to visit. Other than immediate family members, persons who are on probation, parole, or post-prison supervision are ineligible to visit in a Department of Corrections facility.  Immediate family members who are on supervision are eligible to apply for visiting privileges with the written consent of the supervising officer or judge.
 
Victims of an inmate’s crime, past or present, are ineligible to visit that inmate. Persons who have been codefendants of the inmate in any criminal prosecution are ineligible to visit the inmate with whom they are codefendants. Current Department of Correction’s employees or volunteers are ineligible to visit unless the inmate is an immediate family member. Former employees or volunteers who were found to have engaged in an inappropriate relationship with an inmate are ineligible to visit.
 
For the complete listing of eligibility of prospective visitors, please click here for visiting rule (section 297-127-230). 

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Inmates convicted of a sexual crime involving minor children

Inmates who have a current or prior conviction for a sexual crime involving a minor child are ineligible to visit with any minor child, other than their own biological child. Inmates who have a current or prior conviction for a sexual crime involving their biological, step or foster child, or who have a documented history of sex abuse with their biological, step or foster child are ineligible to visit with any minor child, including their own biological child.
 
For the complete text of the visiting rule regarding eligibility of sex offenders to visit with minor children, please click here to visiting rule (section 291-127-0220).
 

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Appeal process

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You may request an Administrative Review of a denied visiting application by completing the Administrative Review for Denial of Visiting Application form and providing any supporting documents to the Inmate Services Unit. All incomplete forms will not be processed. Both the inmate and the visitor will receive a written notification from the Inmate Services Unit Administrator of the final decision. You may contact the Inmate Services Unit at: 

Inmate Services Unit
2575 Center Street NE 
Salem OR 97301 
503-378-2883 
For more information see Visiting Application and Appeals Process

 
 
Email: DOC.Visitors@doc.state.or.us
Click here for Visiting Rule
Click here for Printable Visiting Form (pdf)
Click here for Printable Visiting Form (doc)
Click here for Prison Visiting Hour Information (link to Prisons) 


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Connecting Oregon's veterans with services and benefits

As an Oregon veteran, you may not be aware of all the benefits and services available to you. For more information, please visit the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

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