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Oregon State Penitentiary

General Information

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Oregon State Penitentiary

Oregon State Penitentiary 
​Brandon Kelly Superintendent
Michael Yoder Asst. Superintendent General Services   
Randy Briones Asst. Supt. Correctional Rehabilitation  
Curt Wagner Asst. Superintendent Security 
Dave Wilson Special Management Housing Administrator
Tonya Gushard Executive Assistant/Public Information Officer  

Mailing address for OSP and MCCF 
2605 State Street 
Salem, Oregon 97310-0505 
Street Address for OSP  
2605 State Street 
Salem, OR 

Information: (503)378-2453 
FAX: (503)378-3897 

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Oregon State Penitentiary is to assure public safety by providing:
  • A safe and secure environment for all persons;
  • Program and rehabilitative opportunities to enhance inmate ability to reintegrate into the community;
  • Work and leisure time activities to reduce inmate idleness;
  • Habilitative services for special needs inmates within the Department of Corrections.

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Visiting Information

OSP (Penitentiary) 

Every day including holidays: 7:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 

For all visiting cancelations, special events, and updates - please see Visiting Alerts
Please note: Visiting with inmates who are housed in Special Housing or the Infirmary have additional restrictions and require prior scheduling before visiting. To set up a visit with someone in Special Housing or the Infirmary, please see the numbers listed below. 

  • Disciplinary Segregation Unit (DSU), please call 503-378-2597
  • Mental Health Infirmary (MHI), Behavioral Health Unit (BHU), and Death Row please call 503-378-2559
  • Infirmary Visits please call 503-378-2321

Professional visits must be scheduled in advance by contacting the Superintendent's Office at 503-378-2445. 
See detailed information about visiting for more specific information relative to visiting at the Penitentiary. 

Detailed Information About Visiting at the Oregon State Penitentiary 
Rule on Visiting (Inmate) 
Visiting Inmates in Prison
Map to the Oregon State Penitentiary 

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Inmate Phone Use

ODOC Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ´s About Oregon Prisons
Posting Money to an Inmates Trust Account
Rule on Visiting (Inmate)
Rule on Mail (Inmate)

OSP (Penitentiary) 

Custody Level: Multi-custody
Programs Offered:

Work Force Development and Education: Besides a number of prison maintenance and food service jobs, inmates at the penitentiary may work in a furniture factory, metal shop, contact center, or the state´s second-largest commercial laundry. Mental health, religious, and cognitive programs are offered as well. 

Educational programs include ​Adult Basic Education, GED, English as a Second Language, and an automotive repair vocational training program.  Inmates who meet minimum requirements (good behavior and program compliance) may participate in college level correspondence courses (at their own expense). 


Oregon's first state prison (The Oregon Territory Jail) was originally located in Oregon City (the state capital at the time) in 1842. After four years it was moved to Portland and in 1866 it was moved to a 26-acre site in Salem and enclosed by a reinforced concrete wall averaging 25 feet in height.

The penitentiary currently has special housing units for multi-custody inmates; disciplinary segregation; offenders with psychiatric problems; and inmates sentenced to death. Executions, which are by lethal injection in Oregon, are conducted at the penitentiary. The 233-bed, self-contained Special Management Housing unit provides housing and control for those death row and male inmates who disrupt or pose a substantial threat to the general population in all department facilities. 
Most housing in the penitentiary is in large cell blocks with most inmates housed in double cells. The penitentiary also has a full service infirmary. ​


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OSP Happenings

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OSP Activities

The Oregon Department of Corrections offers adults in custody the opportunity to participate in organized pro-social activities. Per Division 145 of the DOC Oregon Administrative Rule, “It is the policy of the Department of Corrections to involve as many inmates, staff, volunteers, outside agencies, and community resources as practical in the correctional process as it relates to group activities.”
The Oregon State Penitentiary has 11 clubs and 5 special interest groups. These groups focus on family events, athletic endeavors, cultural recognition and self-improvement learning opportunities.  The mission of the OSP Activities section is to offer personal learning and growth experiences for adults in custody, allow opportunities for charitable donations to community organizations, develop skills to help prepare for transition into the community and also to improve the lives of those incarcerated.
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