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Department News and Updates

Major Changes to the Visiting Rules - July 17, 2019

After a significant multi-year effort by the Visiting Rule Workgroup, Policy and Business Services, and Inmate Services, the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Visiting Rules (291-127) have received some important updates. These efforts would not have been possible without valuable input from both DOC employees and our visitors. The changes are meant to simplify daily operations for visiting, and support connections between adults in custody and their loved ones. 

We have outlined some of the changes below, and the Rule Change Summary document provides a side-by-side comparison of the previous and new rules. We also suggest you take some time to read all of the rules to better understand the changes.

  • Adults in custody are now permitted an unlimited number of approved visitors on their visiting lists.
  • Approved visitors will automatically be placed on the AIC’s visiting list. The individual needs to respond only if they want the visitor removed from their list.
  • Visitors who have not visited in the past 2 years will be removed, and the visitor will need to submit a new application.
  • Dresses, skirts, jumpers, culottes, and shorts are permitted if they are worn at knee level or lower when standing.
  • Visitors can bring in $20 in change or bank cards if authorized by the institution for the vending machines.
Family connectivity is part of DOC's primary business strategy, and research shows this connectivity is vital to an individual’s success after they are released from prison. As an agency, we continuously work on improvements and enhancements to increase those connections, while maintaining the safety and security of our institutions. We believe these changes reflect that work.

Please feel free to read our Visiting Guidelines page or contact your facility with any questions.

Counselor Caseload Changes - June 1, 2019

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) is in the middle of making a significant shift in the role of an institution counselor. Counselors are moving from a place of making referrals to a place of becoming a direct service provider. They are providing cognitive interventions to the highest risk individuals in custody.

Counselors use the Automated Criminal Risk Score (ACRS) to determine who they serve on their caseloads. That will remain the same, but the cutoff scores counselors currently use are changing. This comes with some consequences and means many individuals who need intensive case management services will not receive services. Instead, they will be added to a case bank caseload. However, they will continue to receive other services provided, such as cognitive programming and alcohol and drug treatment, through our contracted treatment providers. 

The adjusted ACRS cutoff, unfortunately, will be different at some institutions. DOC had to adjust the cutoff based on institution capacity because counselor staffing is different at each institution. 

Institution ACRS Low Supervision ACRS Medium-High Supervision
SRCI, OSP, TRCI, EOCI .01 - .24 .25 and higher
OSCI .01 - .34 .35 and higher
CRCI, DRCI, PRCF, SCCI, SCI, SRCM, TRCM .01 - .34 .35 and higher
WCCF .01 - .39 .40 and higher
MCCF, SFFC .01 - .49 .50 and higher
CCCF, CCCM .01 - .19 .20 and higher
The new ACRS cutoffs will be implemented on July 1, 2019 at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and on June 1, 2019 for all other institutions.
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