Professional Visit and Communication Guide
This information is intended as a reference and does not cover every aspect of the visiting and communication rules. To be completely familiar with Department of Corrections’ rules, review the rules in their entirety using the links provided on this page.
Professional visits (i.e., attorney, state and/or local agencies, other public or government agencies, psychological evaluations, etc.) with inmates must be scheduled in advance by contacting the facility’s Superintendent Office. When scheduling an appointment, please provide the following:
- Inmate’s name and SID number
- Provide the names of all persons attending the visit (i.e., attorney, investigator, law clerk, etc.) All visitors will require a background check as noted below.
- Date and time you wish to visit during visiting hours.
Notify staff when scheduling an appointment if you need to bring electronic equipment or materials in for your visit. Computers, tape recorders, testing materials, etc. may only be permitted with approval. You may be asked to put your request in writing explaining the need for the item(s).
If you are a first time professional visitor, personal information is needed to conduct a background check prior to your first visit. Background checks will be updated periodically. Please provide the following information for ALL professional visitors attending a visit:
- Full legal name
- Date of birth
- States lived in in the last five years
- Organization work for, i.e., law office, state agency, etc. (you may be asked employment verification prior to a visit)
This contact information is incomplete. To schedule a professional visit at another facility, please contact the main facility number.
Professional visitors will need to present credentials and identification when checking in for a visit (i.e., bar card, driver’s license, agency ID, and letter of introduction from employer, etc.).
- Attorneys should present their bar card and valid picture ID (driver’s license).
- DHS workers should present their agency ID card and driver’s license.
- Law clerks should present a driver’s license and letter of introduction from their employer. Letters of introduction may be required at the time of scheduling for law clerks.
Attorneys and representatives from other criminal justice, state or local agencies may be permitted to bring necessary documents or paperwork into the visiting area for exchange with the inmate with prior approval. No more than a ¼” of paper is allowed to be exchanged with an inmate during a legal visit. All articles will be searched for contraband. No other items are permitted to be exchanged with an inmate.
Professional visitors are expected to follow the same rules as general visitors as outlined in the Rule on Visiting (Inmate)
. No blue denim or inmate-like attire is allowed to be worn by visitors.
For the safety and security of everyone it is recommended that visitors avoid wearing any blue clothing. Please keep all metal to a minimum as the metal detector is sensitive. Underwire undergarments, steel supports in shoes, a large number of metal buttons on an outfit, etc. will set off the metal detector. If your clothing is determined to resemble inmate-like attire or you cannot pass the metal detector, you will not be allowed access into the facility.
Professional Phone Calls
Legal telephone calls may be scheduled when a professional visit is not possible. Contact the facility’s Transitional Services clerical support to schedule a legal call. Please be prepared with the following information when you call to schedule:
- Name and SID # of inmate
- Date and time for call (have an alternate date available as well)
- Expected duration of call
Please keep in mind that DOC facilities have a limited number of telephones available for legal calls.
Inmate calls to an attorney whose telephone numbers appear on the legal call list will not be monitored or recorded by the department. The legal call list includes the official telephone numbers of all attorneys registered with the Oregon State Bar Association. Numbers not registered as the official number for an attorney’s office and called on the inmate telephone system are subject to monitoring.
Legal telephone calls are for legal purposes. Personal business/discussions are not considered legal in nature. Call forwarding, three-way, or conference calls are prohibited.
See the Rule on Telephone (Inmate)
for more information.
When sending legal mail to an inmate, only paper documents are authorized. Legal mail received directly from the original source shall be authorized up to three inches thick. To qualify for special processing:
- Legal mail must have affixed to the addressee side of the envelope the words “LEGAL MAIL.”
- The words “LEGAL MAIL” should be set apart from both the return address and the mailing address
- The words “LEGAL MAIL” should be of sufficient size to permit easy recognition by staff
Inmates are not authorized to receive CDs in the mail. CDs found in legal mail will be forwarded to the Legal Librarian for processing. Special arrangements can be made with the Superintendent’s Office to drop off large amounts of legal material for an inmate. The materials will be searched for contraband prior to being given to the inmate. Please ensure the inmate’s name and SID # are clearly labeled on the materials. The Rule on Mail (Inmate)
does not apply when dropping off large amounts of materials. Staff will use the utmost discretion when searching the materials for contraband.
If you have any questions regarding professional visits/telephone calls/legal mail, please contact the facility