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Visiting

ATTENTION: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all institution visiting has been cancelled until further notice. Please visit our COVID-19 Response page for updates.

Introduction

This section covers general guidelines for regular visiting. If visiting an AIC in special housing, there are additional restrictions and prior scheduling is required. Contact your facility for assistance.

For more information on visiting, please see the Friends & Family Handbook or the Visiting Rule.
 
For information on professional visits, see the Professional Visit and Communication Guide.

Visiting Checklist

Below is a quick checklist of what to bring and what not bring for your visit. For more details, see our Visiting Guidelines.

IMPORTANT: Avoid wearing ANY blue clothing to your visit. Adults in custody in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities wear blue, so for security reasons, visitors will not be allowed into the facility if they are wearing blue and/or denim clothing.
 
What to Bring for Your Visit

What to Leave at Home or in a Facility Locker

  • Non-emergency medications, prescribed or non-prescribed, are not allowed in the visiting room. 
  • Smoking of any kind is not allowed within a correctional institution or on State of Oregon property.
  • Cash or other negotiable instruments, other than $15 in quarters, are not allowed. 
  • Cell phones, pagers, or other electronic devices are also not allowed in the visiting area.
  • Weapons of any kind should not be brought into a facility.
  • Metal buttons, body piercings, jewelry, underwire bras, and some shoes may activate the metal detector.
  • Outer garments such as raincoats, ski jackets, and other garments that are lined are not allowed.
  • Hats are not allowed to be worn inside the facility.

Anti-Drug Smuggling Information

Accidental overdose continues to be a safety issue for adults in custody, and that safety issue has been more apparent than ever since the national opioid crisis.

The following videos are a product of the Comprehensive Drug Task Force. The Task Force worked with the University of Oregon through a federal grant to educate and create a safe rehabilitative environment for everyone within DOC's facilities. We hope this information helps visitors take action to keep DOC institutions safe.

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