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Friends and Family Handbook

Download the Friends and Family Handbook

In collaboration with Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) has created a handbook for friends and family of inmates in our custody. The handbook will help you know what to expect for yourself and for your loved one, and to have a basic idea of what the rules and procedures are so that you can support your loved one through a difficult experience. Questions concerning transgender, intersex, or nonbinary adults in custody, visit frequently asked questions.

The handbook addresses many questions and concerns friends and family might have when someone they know has been sentenced to serve time in Oregon. Topics include:

  • Intake and assessment process
  • How to find details on an incarcerated loved one
  • Visiting and contacting an inmate
  • What day-to-day life is like as an inmate
  • Types of facility housing
  • Correctional programs and treatment
  • And much more!
Interested in reading more? View the Friends and Family Handbook (pdf).