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Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution
General Information

Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution




2500 Westgate
Pendleton, Oregon 97801-9699 
Information: (541) 276-0700
FAX: (541) 278-1841 





Status Updates

For daily operational and visiting status information please call the EOCI Informational Line at (541) 276-0700.  Please see the directions and hours in the "Visiting Information" section.


Brigitte Amsberry, Superintendent 541-278-3602

Dave Pedro, Assistant Superintendent of Security 541-278-3609

Richard McGraw, Assistant Superintendent of General Services 541-278-3603

Tom Lemens, Assistant Superintendent of Correctional Rehabilitation 541-278-3605

Visiting Information

Visiting Hours:     

Visiting is permitted on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Morning Session:          8:30 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Afternoon Session:       1:00 - 4:00 p.m.    

There is NO VISITING on Monday or Tuesday.

For all visiting cancelations, special events, and updates - please see Visiting Alerts.

Visiting Rule: OAR Div 127 Visiting (Inmate)
Visiting Inmates: Visiting Inmates in Prison

Vistiting Survey:                         Directors Message_Visitation Customer Service Survey.pdfDirectors Message_Visitation Customer Service Survey.pdf

Driving Directions to EOCI:

Arriving from the East - Take I-84 to Pendleton, Exit 207.  Turn right at the stop sign, follow Highway 30 (Westgate) until you see Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution´s sign on the right. 

Arriving from the West - Take I-84 to Pendleton, Exit 207.  Turn left at the stop sign, follow Highway 30 (Westgate) until you see Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution´s sign on the right. 

For a map to EOCI

Visitor Parking: 
Parking is available on the west side of the prison in the lower parking lot that is to the right after crossing the railroad tracks.

Inmate Phone Use
General Phone Use:
Phones are available to the inmates in the yard and on the unit between the hours of 7:30am to 10:30pm, seven days a week.  The exceptions to this include:
During work hours, meal time, count, or any programming the inmate is involved in.  Programming includes education classes, religious services, NA/AA, meetings with a counselor or other staff member, or any other type of call outs.
Emergency Notifications:
To notify an inmate of a family emergency, please contact the inmate's counselor, the Chaplain, or call the information line and the staff member who answers will assist you in getting in contact with the appropriate person. 
Commonly Requested Information

Custody Level: Medium
About EOCI:  
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) was authorized in 1983 by the 62nd Legislative Assembly as the first medium-security adult male correctional facility established outside Marion County. Until its conversion to a prison, EOCI had been a state mental hospital, with most of the buildings originally constructed in 1912-13. The first inmates were received on June 24, 1985. The 1682-bed facility is Pendleton´s fourth largest employer.
The institution has 19 separate general population housing units, comprised of 596 dormitory structured beds and 897 cell-structured beds, a 99 single occupancy cell Disciplinary Segregation Unit, and an 8 bed Infirmary.
EOCI contracts with Blue Mountain Community College to provide education services at the institution. Approximately 1,000 inmates have received either a GED certificate or an adult high school diploma since the education program began in 1986.  You can contact Blue Mountain Community Contact at the Blue Mountain Community College Web Site.  
New Directions Education Project was formed in 1999 by a group of people who felt that inmates should have more than a GED to start their lives upon release.  Donations were sought from churches, civic groups, individuals and eventually from foundations in order to pay for tuition, textbooks and supplies so that Blue Mountain Community College would provide instructors to teach college-transfer classes at EOCI.
Programs offered to inmates at EOCI, include: 
  • Behavioral Health Services:  Mental Health case management, group and individual counseling, crisis intervention, day treatment, mental health housing, and HIV/Hep C pre-post testing and education.
  • Religious Services offers many programs to help inmates while incarcerated.  Some of the programs offered are Anger Management, Making Peace With Your Past, Search for Significance and the Purpose Driven Life.  These programs are all voluntary, faith-based and may be accessed by all inmates.
EOCI is the state´s only facility where the internationally-recognized "Prison Blues" line of blue denim clothing is manufactured. The garment factory is one of two prison industries programs operating at the facility. The prison´s commercial laundry cleans clothing and other items for EOCI and Snake River Correctional Institution, in addition to Pendleton´s local high school, the city´s fire department, the Pendleton Convention Center, and Krusteaz Flour Mill. Other inmate work opportunities include: food service, clerical, and facility maintenance. 
The Creative Arts program started in March 2001 and includes wood working and cast iron projects.  The program provides meaningful work learning essential job skills in a realistic work environment that is designed to improve an inmate´s chance of getting a job and becoming a productive citizen upon release to the community.  The program is completely self-funded.  The staff and inmate continue to explore unique ideas for creative arts projects and in doing so the program is now assisting other state agencies in development of their wood working programs. 
EOCI Inmate Newsletter:



 DOC Frequently Asked Questions 
Visiting Rule:    OAR Div 127 Visiting (Inmate) 
Inmate's Trust Account:    Posting Money to an Inmate's Account
Mail Rule:   OAR Div 131 Mail (Inmate) 
Jackie Garton​, Assistant to the Superintendent - EOCI

ADA coordinator: Jackie Garton​