Federal Correctional Institution - Sheridan
Federal Correctional Institution - Sheridan, or FCI Sheridan, is a medium-security facility with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp and a detention center (FDC). This institution is the only one of it’s kind operating in the state of Oregon.
There is a total population of 1,733 male offenders living at this facility - 1,216 at the FCI & FDC, and 517 at the camp.
On the 182-acre campus, inmates are housed in one of four housing units that resemble college dormitories. Each FCI offender is assigned to a two-person cell that has bunk beds for sleeping. Inmates at the camp are set up slightly different by having open, four-person cubicles.
Notable inmates living at FCI Sheridan include Leslie Rogge, who is serving a 65-year sentence after being convicted and found guilty of serial bank robbery. He is said to have robbed 30 banks of $2 million between 1990 and 1995.Robert Gomez is serving a 21-year sentence after orchestrating the infamous “Miracle Cars” scam, where over 4,000 people bought 7,000 cars that did not exist. Gomez’s victims lost a total of $21 million, and the story was featured on American Greed. Gomez is scheduled to be released in 2022.
Federal Correctional Institution - Sheridan
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Visiting Hours and Rules
Visiting hours at FCI Sheridan are on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Visiting hours at the camp are on Fridays from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, and Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Visiting hours at the detention center are on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, and on Federal Holidays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
Visits at the detention center are also broken down into days. The visiting days for the FDC/Unit J-1 inmates are Fridays and Saturdays and the visiting days for Unit J-2 inmates are Sundays and Mondays. Visits are regularly scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
These visiting hours are general guidelines. There are different rules for inmates in special housing units and in holdover status. If you have specific questions, please contact the facility directly.
The maximum number of visitors an inmate may have at one time is six, including children.
Getting on the Approved Visit List
Authorized visitors who can visit an inmate include family, friends, and associates. You can't visit an inmate unless he puts you on the visiting list.
Everyone must fill out a visitor form, and they must have a relationship with the inmate prior to incarceration. If a potential visitor does not have a prior relationship with the inmate, their request will be reviewed by the warden.
Once the inmate requests to add someone to their visit list, a correctional counselor will provide them with a visiting form, and the inmate is responsible for mailing these out and letting the potential visitor know that they need to fill out the form and return it to the institution staff.
The unit team will do a background check and determine if a visitor application is approved. They make their decision based on constructive and security factors. The process takes about a week, and the unit staff will notify the inmate when the requested visitor is approved or refused.
It is the inmate’s responsibility to notify the visitor of the decision, and the process is the same for both adult and minor visitors.
Basic Visit Procedures and Rules
If you are 16 years of age or older, you must bring a valid photo ID with you to the visit, like a state or federal ID card, driver's license, or current passport. Birth certificates are not valid forms of ID.
All visitors are subject to a visual and pat search by an officer. You will also be scanned by a metal detector and ION scanner.
Any item you bring into the facility will be opened and searched by a staff member, and anyone who refuses a search of themselves or their property will not be allowed to visit with the inmate.
Visitors may bring the following items into the institution:
- One (1) transparent change purse no larger than 5"x8"x4"
- Four (4) diapers
- Two (2) jars (plastic) of Baby Food, unopened
- Three (3) baby bottles (plastic) clear
- One (1) baby blanket 30” x 30”
- Female hygiene products
- Heart and epilepsy medication only
- Sufficient amount of dry or liquid single serve baby formula(factory sealed)
- Sufficient amount of baby wipes
- One (1) car key (excluding rental car keys that cannot beseparated)
- No more than $30.00 in coins per visitor
Visitors are not authorized to bring any item into the institution to give to an inmate. A limited number of lockers are available to visitors for the storage of personal items not allowed in the institution. If the lockers are full, these items must be returned to the visitor's personal vehicle.
Cell phones, pagers, cameras, or electronic devices of any type are not authorized inside the institution.
Visitor clothing should be within the bounds of good taste and should not possibly offend others who may be present in the Visiting Room.
Visitors wearing transparent clothing will not be admitted into the institution. Halter tops, shorts, miniskirt, culottes and spandex will not be allowed. Blouses or other apparel of a suggestive nature (i.e., revealing V-Neck, or any garment that reveals the mid-section) will not be allowed.
Sweat shirts/pants, jogging outfits (pants or jackets) are not allowed to be worn as this resembles allowable inmate clothing.
Any other clothing that, at the direction of the Lieutenant or Institutional Duty Officer (IDO), excessively resembles the style or color of inmate clothing (i.e., khaki, green outfits (top and bottom), will not be allowed to be worn into the institution.
At the discretion of the Lieutenant or Institutional Duty Officer, children under the age of twelve (12) will be allowed to wear shorts. Short pants will be no higher than 6 inches above the knee. No bare feet will be permitted (excluding babies).
Inmate Mailing Address(es)
For inmates at the FCI:
INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 5000
SHERIDAN, OR 97378
For inmates at the Camp:
INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 6000
SHERIDAN, OR 97378
There is no limit on the amount of mail that inmates receive, but all correspondence must have the inmate’s complete name, registration number, facility name, and address.
You can only send cards or letters to these addresses. Paperback books, newspapers, and magazines must come directly from the publisher via a subscription or mail order.
Inmates cannot receive packages through the mail, with the exception of a package of release day clothing. You can't send the release day package until 30 days prior to the scheduled release date.
How to Call an Inmate
Federal inmates are not allowed to have cellphones and they can't receive inbound calls. They can make outbound calls during approved hours, and they must pay for them with the money that is on their personal account or call collect.
Inmates will use TRULINCS to call to both landline and cell phones. This is also how inmates are able to send and receive emails. Your number must be added to the contact list for approval.
All phone calls are limited to 15 minutes, and will be monitored and recorded.
How to Send Money
Sending money is one of most important things you can do for an inmate. The prison will issue each prisoner the minimum amount of clothing and hygiene items, and provide them with three meals a day. But, it is extremely difficult for prisoners to have any level of comfort when living with just the items that are prison-issued.
Inmates can receive outside funds while incarcerated at a BOP-managed facility, which are deposited into their commissary accounts.
For federal prisoners, you can send money through the United States Postal Service by MONEY ORDER to the following address:
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001
Send the funds to the address above. Replace the second line with the inmate's valid, full committed name. Replace the third line with the inmate's eight digit register number.
Never send money directly to the prison. If you are using the postal service, you must always send your money order to the bureau of prisons using the above address.
You can send an inmate funds electronically using MoneyGram's Express Payment Program.To send funds using this method, please read and follow these steps carefully:
- Wait until an inmate has physically arrived at FCI Sheridan.
- Gather the information you'll need. Which includes the inmate’s name and number.
- Visit moneygram.com to complete your payment.
Information needed to complete MoneyGram payment:
- Account Number: Inmate's eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed immediately by the inmate's last name (example: 12345678DOE).
- Company Name: Federal Bureau of Prisons
- City & State: Washington, DC
- Receive Code is always: 7932
- Beneficiary: Inmate's full committed name
You will need to know the inmate’s full name and number, and you can pay with a debit or credit card at westernunion.com. Remember, any time you send money to an inmate you must always include their name and registration number on everything.
There are a few things that inmates can spend their money on. This includes phone calls, emails, and commissary. The commissary is the prison store, where inmates can buy things like beverages, meals and snacks, OTC medications, stationary, personal hygiene items, clothing, or other miscellaneous products.
Please be aware that prisoners have their own economy inside the prison walls just like we do in the real world. Inmates that have a lot of money can do a lot of things both legal and illegal. Prisoners can potentially use the money in their account to buy things for other inmates in exchange for drugs and paraphernalia. This activity is illegal and can get an inmate in a lot of trouble.
Is important to keep track of how much money you are sending your incarcerated loved one, and watch out for any suspicious behavior.
Programs For Inmates
- Drug Abuse Education Course
- Non-Residential Drug Abuse Program (NR-DAP)
- Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- High School Diploma (via paid correspondence)
- Post-Secondary Programs (via paid correspondence)
- Advanced occupational education programs in Basic Woodworking, Building Trades, Desktop Publisher, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Word 2, and Quickbooks. The camp also offers Computer-Aided Design and Landscape Design.
- Vocational training in Google Sketchup, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint/Publisher, Microsoft Word, Personal Fitness Trainer, and Quickbooks. The camp also offers vocational training in Basic Horticulture and Pesticide Applications.
- Apprenticeships in Baking, Barber, Building Maintenance, Cabinet Worker, Call Center Clerk, Cook, Landscape Management Technician, Office Management Clerk, Plumber, Sanitation Technician, Solar Technician, and Wood Turning Lathe Operator. The camp offers apprenticeships in Career Clerk, Dental Assistant, Farmworker, and Landscape Technician. Both facilities offer apprenticeships in Electrical, HVAC, Personal Fitness Trainer, and Teacher Aide.
- UNICOR facility that facility produces electronics and plastics
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Careers at Federal Correctional Institution - Sheridan
If you are interested in pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, you can find available positions at FCI Sheridan by visiting USAJobs.gov. The salaries at the facility begin around $40,000 and can go up into the six-figure range, depending on the position.
Reviews from employees at FCI Sheridan report that it was a good place to work. However, the danger that could get out of control at any time can make work stressful. They also say that the pay and benefits are proportional to the job.